GUWAHATI: Concerned about the educational career of the students of Assam, particularly of Class X, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has urged the State Government and the SEBA (Board of Secondary Education, Assam) to hold the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or Matriculation examinations at the earliest.
"Our Class X students are lagging behind their counterparts who study under the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). The CBSE promoted Class X students to Class XI and the students have already begun online coaching for XI. Our Class X students, on the contrary, are waiting for the exams. The SEBA should hold the exams as soon as possible by following all COVID-19 protocol," AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said speaking to The Sentinel.
The AASU leader further said that the SEBA students are suffering a loss in every moment when compared to their CBSE counterparts.
The AASU leader said that during their meeting with the teachers' associations on Tuesday, the teachers suggested holding exams either for 3 subjects or for 5 subjects. This would enable the completion of the exams in a short period. If exams are held for just 3 subjects, then the entire examination process can be concluded in 6-7 days, and in another 15-20 days the results can be declared, teacher associations said.
Nath said that the AASU leadership would be meeting SEBA (Board of Secondary Education Assam) officials to discuss the issue. The meeting is scheduled for May 28.
Nath said that, if need be, the SEBA can increase the number of examination centres to ensure social distancing and adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
There are around 4.39 lakh Class X students under the SEBA. The exams are held in a total of 1,100 exam centres, including 221 additional centres.
The Class X exams under the SEBA was scheduled from May 11-June 1 but had to be postponed due to the second wave of COVID-19. The exams are held for 5 main subjects and one elective subject. The SEBA officials had earlier mentioned that they are in a position to conduct the exams within a 15-day notice.