GUWAHATI: Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Assam, speculations are doing rounds on social media with regards to the schedule of the SEBA High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Exam Schedule.
Reports suggest that the government will make a decision on HSLC examinations after the Rongali Bihu celebrations. Meanwhile, a section of the media has said that the Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the SEBA (State Education Board of Assam) HSLC and HS examinations will be taken only after the new government is formed, i.e. after May 2, 2021.
Further, the minister was quoted saying that the current government doesn't want to take any decision on the rescheduling of examinations while the election commission's model code of conduct is still in force.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Suranjana Senapati, Secretary, SEBA said, "Now that the Bihu is over we will be holding a meeting with the Education Department in a day or two, in which the exam schedule will be discussed keeping in view of the COVID-19 situation."
Earlier, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in a press conference informed that the government has decided to promote the Class 10 students on the basis of the internal assessment and postpone the examinations of Class 12th students. For Class 10th students, he said, "if a student isn't satisfied with the assessment then he/she can appear for an exam once the situation is normal."
However, such is not the case in SEBA's matriculation system. So far, the SEBA examinations for HSLC and HS are slated to be held from May 11 this year.
This year a record-breaking number of candidates applied for HSLC and AHM exams with 4,39,379 candidates registered to appear in 2021.
Meanwhile, a new system of evaluation is being introduced at the zonal level, where software has been developed for entering marks-foils.