The Assam Government is expected to a decision on the cancellation of board exams for class 10 and 12, today. According to the sources familiar with the development, the Assam board may cancel the said exams due to the COVID-19. There is a 95 per cent possibility that board exams to be cancelled on Friday, sources said hinting at ongoing decisions taken by the Centre and other state governments.
Assam is one of the few states which have not yet taken a decision to cancel the board exams 2021 despite health risks amid COVID-19. On one hand state education minister Ranoj Pegu has reiterated his stand to conduct board exams whereas, on the other hand, the state cabinet recommends that it would not be possible to conduct Assam HSLC, SSLC board exams amid prevailing Covid-19 conditions and high positivity rate hovering between 2 and 3 per cent.
According to the sources, all eyes are on the Friday meeting that is going to take place between various stakeholders including student organizations, at the state Secretariat. The crucial meeting will take place on Friday afternoon.
Earlier this week, state Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hold deliberations with the state education minister Pegu on the issue of Assam board exams 2021 and the latter said that the state government will make the final announcement after Friday's meeting.
Organizations including the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) had submitted a proposed plan before the state Education Minister questioning on conducting exams for fewer papers, they too admitted that a decision to scrap the Assam state board exams can also cause a bigger challenge.
Now, all eyes are on the decision taken after today's crucial meeting that will decide whether Assam SEBA and AHSEC agree on cancellation of board exams like the rest of the state and central board have decided or pick another way.