Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that the High School Leaving Certificate and Higher Secondary exams will be held on July 15 or 16 if COVID-19 positivity rate goes below two per cent.
While the exams have been cancelled in several parts of the country and also by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), students of Class 10 and Class 12 have been hanging in uncertainty regarding their exams.
“Assam has a legacy of not missing out in holding exams as various welfare schemes are linked to it. So, we will try to hold exams, but we will not put our students to risk. By July 1, if the COVID positivity rate doesn’t get to 2 per cent, we will cancel the exams. Or else, exams will be held in July 15 or 16,” Sarma told media on Thursday.
He assured that exams will be further delayed if the July 15-16 day is missed.
Sarma said that if the exams are cancelled, the students’ assessment will be done by their respective schools.
If held, Sarma assured that the question papers will be objective based, straight-forward, easy to score and the exams will be completed within two to three days.
“To avoid contamination, we will hold exams in two batches that of male and female,” Sarma said.
Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu had earlier said that the state government has identified exam centres that do not get inundated under flood in the flood prone areas and all the arrangements to conduct the exams maintaining COVID-19 protocols have also been taken.
Assam is maintaining a positivity rate at around 7 percent currently.