Keep SEBA's independence intact: AASU

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 10: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has appealed to all to help keep the independence of the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) intact.

In a statement issued to the press today, the students’ body said that if the independence of the Board is not kept intact, people’s trust on the Board will come under question. It said that for policy matters the students’ body does not want any interference into the examition-related issues of the board from any quarters. “Since the SEBA was set up following an Act ected by the government, no politician should lower the dignity of the Board with his/her own whims. The issue of SEBA reforms should be pushed forward in accordance with the recommendations made by as many as three experts’ committees. The recent statement made by the Education Minister on SEBA is a cause of concern for the students who are going to take the HSLC examition this year, and their guardians. The first and foremost duty of the SEBA now is to declare the HSLC results without any errors,” the students’ body said.

AASU president Dipanko Kumar th and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said: “The Assamese language, mother tongues and English schools under the State board are closely associated with the SEBA, so are the teachers, parents and lakhs of students. And hence the Education Minister should stay away from making any statement against the SEBA that may lower its image. The SEBA is an establishment that can take decisions on its own. Undue interference on the works of the SEBA will only create doubt on its ability. It’s wrong to presume that the SEBA is not aware of rules and regulations being followed by boards, councils, CBSE and universities of the country in giving credits to students. In the interests of students’ future, the SEBA should be given the liberty to draw the strategy to hold examitions. The SEBA, to keep its independence intact, should also make its stand clear on the issues raised in connection with examition results.”

The AASU duo also said: “The statement made by the Education Minister on the SEBA is unnecessary, confusing and insulting to SEBA. The act of SEBA chairman seeking advice from the minister for no reason smacks of lack of conscience. We condemn the Education Minister for creating such a situation on the eve of declaring the HSLC results of around four lakh students.”                    

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