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Assam govt decides to cancel Class X and XII board exams

Assam education minister Ranuj Pegu on Friday said that the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary final year examinations have been cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

Talking to media persons in Guwahati on Friday, he said that two committees will be formed to decide evaluation criteria for Class X and XII students.

Pegu informed that one committee will formulate the modalities of evaluation for HSLC exam, the other will work on the modalities for HS exams. He said that both the committees will submit the modalities within a week.

The education minister said the results of the HSLC (class 10), HS final year (class 12) and High Madrassa will be declared by July 31.

These decisions were taken after deliberations with different students’ bodies in the State, including the AASU and Assam Sahitya Sabha.

Meanwhile, the decision to cancel board exams was taken in a meeting chaired by Education Minister Ranoj Pegu and attended by stakeholders, including representatives of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), and the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU).

The Assam Cabinet had earlier this week suggested HSLC and HS exams should not be held considering the Covid-19 situation in the state.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and 18 other state boards had cancelled board exams for Class 12 students earlier.

Assam students had also moved to the Supreme Court seeking directions for cancellation of their board exams.

On June 17 the CBSE submitted its marking scheme for Class 12 students in the Supreme Court of India, after which the top court issued notice to eight states, including Assam, that were yet to decide on Class 12 exams.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier this month said the two state education boards Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) will conduct the exam in mid-July if the Covid positivity rate in the state drops below 2 per cent.

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