The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) on Tuesday announced that the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or class 10 exams have been postponed due to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases across the country. The exams were scheduled to begin on May 11 and conclude on June 1.

The revised schedule of the examination will be announced shortly after consultation with the Assam health department, said an order signed by SEBA secretary Suranjana Senapati.

Earlier, education minister Himanta Biswas Sarma had said that the final decision on the schedule of the SEBA HSLC exams will be taken after the new government is elected on May 2.

Assam reported 4,489 new COVID-19 cases on Monday pushing the coronavirus tally to 2,63,450, the National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said.

The COVID-19 death toll in the state rose to 1,389 as 29 more persons succumbed to the infection during the day, it said.

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