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BSS flays SEBA for ‘faulty’ Math paper

A STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 22: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha, the apex Bodo literary body today expressed concern that many Bodo medium examinees would not be able to score good marks or might even fail in the General Mathematics paper in the ongoing HSLC examitions due to “faulty” language of the question paper.

BSS general secretary Kamalakanta Mushahary alleged that the Board of Secondary Education, Assam had set the question paper of General Mathematics in faulty Bodo language which created confusion among examinees. As a result, a large number of examinees had to leave several questions unswered.

“We have received information and complaints that many examinees could not at all comprehend the language of the General Mathematics question paper. This is nothing but an expose of SEBA’s sheer irresponsibility in conducting an important public examition like HSLC. Will the SEBA take responsibility of examinees’ academic careers if they fail in General Mathematics?,” Mushahary said.

The BSS’s complaint has come at a time when the SEBA is facing widespread criticism for alleged leakages of Social Science and Assamese question papers on Monday last. Even though State Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday asserted there were no leakage of question paper and blamed a section of media for creating such a ‘wrong perception’, the SEBA has rescheduled the date for holding the Social Science test and decided to print new sets of question papers for Social Science and Assamese (MIL) subjects.

Mushahary while questioning the claim of the Education minister said the SEBA should either undergo major reforms or close its shutters instead of playing with the lives of lakhs of students.

The BSS also came down heavily on Himanta Biswa Sarma for inordite delay in distribution of free textbooks among students of Bodo medium schools.

Nearly two months after starting of academic session in State schools, regular classes in Bodo medium schools are not being held due to non-availability of textbooks, Mushahary said.

The BSS also expressed doubts whether Dispur is at all serious about developing vercular medium schools in the backdrop of mushrooming growth of private English medium schools in the State.