Students contracting COVID-19 will be allowed to physically appear in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Assam High Madrassa (AHM) exams at the assigned centres in isolation, come mid-March this year.
The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) officials held a meeting with representatives of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Friday and informed that preparations have been made to meet any eventuality to ensure that the exam schedule was not disrupted like last year.
"The board has informed that the HSLC/AHM exams will take place as per the schedule and no student will have to miss the exam for COVID-19 related reasons. Any student, who contracts COVID, will sit in the exam in isolation from other students," AASU general secretary Shankarjyoti Baruah said.
The HSLC and AHM exams (Class 10 board exams) in Assam are scheduled to be held from March 15, 2021. Altogether, 4,32,884 students will appear in the HSLC/AHM exam 2021 across 903 centres.
"The Board also expressed its preparedness to meet any eventuality by resorting to alternative methods in case the COVID situation aggravates by that time," Baruah informed.
Last year, the Assam education department was compelled to eventually cancel the HSLC/AHM examination 2021, after deferring the schedule multiple times, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and instead adhere to an alternate method of evaluation.
Students contracting COVID-19 will be allowed to physically appear in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Assam High Madrassa (AHM) exams at the assigned centres in isolation, come mid-March this yearThe evaluation process was completed on the basis of information provided by school evaluation committees and district-level scrutiny committees.
After consultations with various stakeholders, the department also decided not to announce any merit list or ranks. The results were declared on July 30, 2021.
Guardians are now heaving a sigh of relief after knowing that the exams this year are on course.
"We had heard about the mental pressure that many candidates had to endure last year after the exams were postponed a couple of times and eventually cancelled owing to the pandemic. Thankfully, an alternative approach was adopted even as many, who had burned midnight oil preparing for the exam, would have liked to sit for it," a parent informed Fit Northeast.
Psychologically, it is tough for anyone, let alone a 15-16-year-old, to cope with an uncertain situation brought about by the pandemic ahead of a crucial board exam.
"Thankfully, SEBA has shown pro-activeness and come up with an alternative plan as well," said another guardian.