By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 16: State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has now dropped a hint to do away with the system of merit lists in HSLC, AHM and HS examitions in the State.
The minister said this at a function at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in the city today when the BJYM felicitated toppers of HSLC, AHM and HS examitions, 2017. The minister also hinted this while briefing the media after the function.
Stating that the education system in the State needs reforms, Sarma said: “The Srith Baruah Commission on SEBA reforms recommended the abolition of the system of merit list in HSLC examitions, some six years ago. However, a section of parties and organizations wanted to keep the tradition of merit list intact. Our government is yet to take any positive or negative decision on the issue. We’re here to bring about reforms in education in the State in accordance with the recommendations of experts. Merit list isn’t found in any other boards in the country, including the CBSE. We’ve been keeping tabs on HSLC toppers for the past five years. It has been found that around a third of HSLC toppers get berths in the merit list in HS examitions. I appeal to the students to keep up their performance.”
Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal was the chief guest at the function. “I appeal to the students to translate the Prime Minister’s dream concerning the Northeast into a reality,” Sonowal said, and announced that his government would extent ex gratia of Rs 8,000 to each of the toppers in HSLC, AHM and HS examitions, 2017.
The function was attended, among others, by Assam Publication Board vice chairman Sumanta Chaliha, State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass, BJP’s NE organizing secretary Ajay Jamwal, State Power Minister Pallav Lochan Das, Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker Dilip Paul, Chief Minister’s Legal Adviser Santanu Bharali and State BJYM president Anup Barman were present at the function.