Guwahati: 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.
Pegu further said that the government is taking all the necessary measures but the situation has not come under control yet. Canceling exams will not solve the ongoing issue. Rather it will be conducted keeping a view to the future of the student. He said that the government is in favor of conducting HSLC and HS exams and discussions regarding the concerned matter are underway on how the exam will be conducted.
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.