Assam 2021 board review: Assam government cancels board special exams



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GUWAHATI: The government of Assam on Thursday canceled the special exams offered for students who were not satisfied with the assessment formula presented by the two high-level committees for applicants in classes X and XII.

The special exam was offered primarily for students who aspired to sit for recruitment exams under the state government where a significant weight comes from the performance of the board exams in classes X and XII. According to the government’s view previously, the actual merit of students cannot be assessed without a written exam. However, the idea was strongly opposed by various student organizations, including the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu).

Finally, the crucial meeting chaired by CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday decided to drop the special examinations of the council which were to take place provisionally by September 15. “There will be no special board exam this year in Assam. Article V of the previous notification, which mentioned special examinations, has been withdrawn, ”Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said.

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He added, however, that when recruiting qualified teachers for the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in schools or faculty members in higher education institutions, where a significant weight comes from board examinations, the government could organize an equalization review in the future.

Sarma held a meeting with representatives of Aasu, All Bodo Student Union (Absu) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) to discuss the alternative method of assessment made necessary by the cancellation HSLC and HS exams for 2021 due to the Covid -19 pandemic. The meeting, held at the Janata Bhawan here, was also attended by Pegu, Minister of Finance Ajanta Neog and Minister of Looms and Textiles UG Brahma.

“After detailed discussion, consensus was reached on the alternative valuation method,” a government statement said. In addition, he added that the certificates and grade sheets provided as part of the assessment formula would be valid for applying for higher education and jobs. However, the meeting also decided that an equivalent or equalizer exam can be organized for the recruitment of teachers in schools and colleges if deemed necessary.

This will apply to all students of the Secondary Education Council, Assam (Seba), Assam Upper Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) and other education boards and councils. . In addition, it was also decided that there would be no grading system in the HSLC and HS exams according to the new formula and that only honors and stars would be awarded.

Sarma has also ordered to hold the Class IX exam under Seba from now on. The review to be conducted by the District Education Council will include a similar questionnaire for all schools in the district. It is responsible for ensuring the availability of data on exam results and students appearing in the exam to the Seba.

Aasu Chief Advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, Advisor Prakash Das, President Dipanka Kumar Nath, General Secretary Sankar Jyoti Baruah, Absu President Dipen Bodo, AJYCP President Rana Pratap Baruah and Secretary General Palash Changmai were also present at the meeting.

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