GUWAHATI: Amid the growing confusion among the students of Assam with regards to the board exams, thousands of students started a campaign "#CancelAssamBoardExams" on the microblogging site Twitter, demanding cancellation of the HSLC exam conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and HS exam under the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC).
Here's what they are saying:
"Students are the future of our state, our country. If they fall prey to the deadly virus #COVID19, and lose their lives, how can we develop our state? Our state has no future without the students. Cancel SEBA/AHSEC exams immediately!" NSUI Assam tweeted with #CancelAssamBoardExams.
"The delay in the decision-making process is also causing mental distress to the students,who are facing health issues alongwith their parents due to #COVID19. Cancel AHSEC/SEBA exams immediately otherwise activists of @NSUIAssam will be on streets to protest," tweeted NSUI National General Secretary Anushesh Sharma.
"This is not the Time to hold offline exams. Even if they are of shorter time period the risk is same. Please go for other methods,we don't want to waste our academic year. Those who are unhappy with the results can be given a chance later," reads a tweet.
"The students of other boards have already started preparing for entrance examinations but we AHSEC and SEBA students are still stuck in boards exam phase," said a student.
"Many state boards have cancelled the HS examination than why our EM @ranojpegu is so determined to conduct our examination. Why Sir? Respected @narendramodi sir said that cancellation of exam is taken considering the health of students," Barbie Buragohain tweeted.
"CBSE, ICSE exams are cancelled. Wake up ahsec ! It's time to step forward and cancel the 12th board exam," Krishtina Lahkar said.
Earlier, the Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu on Saturday said that the HSLC and HS examinations will be held after the COVID situation improves in the state. He said that if COVID-19 cases reduce to 1%, the examination will be conducted.
While addressing a press conference, Pegu said, "We will be in a comfortable position to hold the exams if the COVID positivity rate comes down to 1%. It has come down significantly from 10%, in some districts it is down to 2%. The exams will be in a modified manner, maybe time-wise, may be paper-wise."
"We are keen on holding the exams. Many are saying that because CBSE has canceled the exams we too should do the same. The exams will not be held in the manner it used to be. Marks of Class 10 and 12 exams are important for many students who would appear for TET or any other entrance exams or for jobs. It might not be important for those who are planning to opt for engineering or medical," the minister added.
On Monday (May 31), Pegu said that HSLC and HS examinations will be conducted, and under no circumstances the same will be canceled. He also said that the exams will be conducted as soon as the COVID situation across the state gets better and is hopeful that by June 15 the COVID situation will be stabilized.
A total of 2,49,812 candidates are registered for the HS final examination-2021. Of them, a total of 1,91,860 candidates are in the Arts stream; 38, 431 in the Science stream; 18, 440 in the Commerce stream; and 1,081 candidates have been registered in the Vocational stream.