The Assam state government has officially cancelled the 2021 class 10 and 12 state board exams due to COVID-19. On Friday, 18 June 2021, state officials had publicly announced this repeal. Also, Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu has asserted that “results for both examinations will be declared by 31 July.” The government will now determine results based on formulas put forth by the two panels formed for the purpose. Officials made this decision at a committee chaired by the education minister and attended by health and education department officials. Other members included the AHSEC, SEBA, Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Assam Students’ Union, and other stakeholders.
The two panels, one for both classes 10 and 12, will be constituted today, 19 June 2021. SEBA (Board of Secondary Education Assam) will oversee class 10, while AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council) oversees class 12. The purpose of the committees is to prepare framework suggestions for results preparation. Both committees will submit reports to the board within a week. Furthermore, the results of both matric and higher secondary examinations will be announced by 31 July.
However, the Assam government has already set some initial guidelines. Firstly, the board will formulate “record-based, not subjective” results. Therefore, they will be based on internal student records compiled from schools as well as from boards. Meanwhile, both SEBA and AHSEC have stated results will be published by 31 July if the panels submit their suggestion reports within a week.
Reasoning Behind Cancellation
Pegu explained the rationale behind the exams’ cancellation as “the positivity rate due to the prevailing COVID situation is yet to be brought under control…” Additionally, the Health Department presented a summary of the current COVID situation within Assam. This presentation noted that holding the exams within the current conditions would cause negative outcomes. The COVID-19 infection rate from May-June 2021 was 14% for 16-18-year-olds in the state. Additionally, the infection rate for 11-18-year-olds was 10%. Given the severity of the conditions, the Health department strongly advised against public gatherings such as examinations. The state cabinet had also strongly recommended the cancellation of board examinations.