GUWAHATI: The results of HSLC and AHM students will be without rankings this year. On its part, the AASU has made a plea to the authorities concerned to follow an evaluation system that doesn't deny justice to the students, especially the meritorious ones.
The State Government cancelled HSLC (High School Leaving Certificate)/AHM (Assam High Madrassa) and HS (Higher Secondary) examinations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 19 the government formed two nine-member high-level committees, one each for the HSLC/AHM and HS candidates. The committees were asked to find out assessment systems for promoting the students to their next classes. The two committees had marathon meetings in the past few days to submit their respective reports to the government within seven days from June 19.
Talking to the media here on Thursday, HSLC/AHM committee chairman Dr Alok Borgohain said, "This time the HSLC/AHM candidates won't have the ranking system. This decision has been taken for the well-being of the students. When there are examinations, every mark makes a vast difference in ranking. In the absence of examinations, such perfection in ranking is simply not possible.
"We've taken up the modalities being followed by the boards of other States and the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) into consideration while making decisions. Our report and the modality have been ready.
"We're trying to collect data of students' performances from the schools. There are substantial data. We've also asked the inspectors of schools in this regard. While taking every decision, we've considered students' future."
Talking to the media here on Thursday, the high-level HS committee chairman Prof Dipak Kumar Sarma said, "We're collecting students' data and analysing them. We are examining the merits and demerits of each system to find a perfect evaluation process. We will submit our report to the government within the stipulated time."
Talking to The Sentinel, AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath said, "The HSLC/AHM certificate has a direct bearing on a student's life. Since no examination is going to be held this year, those at the helm of affairs should see that the students, especially the meritorious ones, are not denied justice. Their certificates and mark sheets should be such that none can detect their promotion without examinations after a decade or so. Every guardian hopes high for their wards' HSLC/AHM examinations. Taking that in mind, the evaluation process should favour the students.
"In the case of HS candidates, the evaluation process should ensure that the students don't suffer a setback in pursuing courses like MBBS, Engineering etc. The AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council) should tread a balanced way for the benefits of the students."
The State Government will have the final say after receiving the reports and instruct all concerned.