Guwahati: As per reports in the media, the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) is mulling to defer the high school leaving certificate (HSLC) examinations, 2021 till March due to the academic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the exams are usually held in the month of February, the board is planning to delay the exams owing to the ongoing coronavirus crisis which has caused immense academic losses as schools, colleges, and universities have been closed since the first "lockdown" phase. The board, however, is yet to take a final decision in this regard.
The SEBA board could possibly make the proposal to the state government later this month, said reports. An academic committee formed by the government is likely to provide suggestions in this regard.
To ease the burden on the students, the SEBA board would be reducing the syllabus for classes 9th and 10th by 30 per cent for the coming academic year that is 2020-21. The decision has been taken after the reduction in the syllabus has been done by many boards, including the CBSE.
The chairman of SEBA, Ramesh Chandra Jain informed that the decision to reduce the syllabus for Higher School Leaving Certificate, HSLC would be implemented only for the academic session 2020-21.
The Chairman of the Board also informed that all the schools affiliated to SEBA would be sent the new syllabus for the academic year 2010-21 in the PDF format via the Board.
Earlier, the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) took a similar decision for students of classes 11th and 12th due to the crisis.
The Assam Government had earlier decided to reopen its educational institutions. However, the centre has ordained that schools and colleges shall remain closed, at least until September 30. Concurrently, the Assam Government has now ordered to keep the schools shut till September 30, 2020.