Assam: 20K students to miss an academic year as state board cancels compartment exams
Guwahati: Around 20,000 students to miss out an academic year as compartment examinations for students of Class 10 enrolled under state board will not be held this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) has decided not to conduct this year's compartment exams and has asked students who could not secure passing marks in class 10 board examinations to take readmission and try their luck next year. There are no provisions for holding compartment exams which are conducted by Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) for students of class 12 either.
However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is seen to be prepared to allow students to appear for their compartment exams throughout the country starting from September 22. In light of the COVID-19 situation the number of exam centres have almost been doubled in the Northeast keeping in mind the safety guidelines to prevent transmission.
"Looking at the current situation, it won't be viable to conduct the compartment exams. Generally the compartment exams are held in the month of June and July. But this year the situation doesn't allow us hold the exams due to COVID-19," said Suranjana Senapati, secretary, SEBA while speaking to EastMojo.
Senapati stressed on the fear of transmission and were concerned for the safety of students. "Even if there grievances from students we are also responsible for their safety and could not risk transmission which will put them at a greater risk," she added.
Despite SEBA's concern for safety, the central board CBSE will be going forward to conduct compartment exams for students enrolled under their board in classes 10 and 12. In Northeast there are 25,000 students who will be appearing for the exams, according to the CBSE northeast regional office.
The CBSE regional office based in Guwahati has conveyed that the exams will be conducted in accordance to COVID-19 safety protocols . The number of exam centres have increased from 30 to 60 percent to prevent overcrowding.