Guwahati: Even as thousands of students are running social media campaigns to cancel the Class 10 (HSLC) and 12 board exams conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA), the Assam government on Tuesday announced that the Assam board exams 2021 will be held this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Assam government announced that the High School Leaving Certification Examination (HSLC) or Class 10 and Higher Secondary (Class 12) examinations in the state will be held between August 1 and August 15.

According to the details so far, the HSLC and HS exam will be conducted in three subjects. Highest marks obtained in any subject will be considered as marks of each of other three subjects. Results will be declared by September 5.

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Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said the students will be given the choice of papers and do not have to appear for all papers.

Pegu said that every exam invigilator and staff members will be vaccinated and that a standard operating procedure (SOP) on holding the exams will be announced after a meeting with all the stakeholders.

Pegu had called for a meeting with stakeholders, students unions and teachers to decide on the pending board exams in the state. The minister said that since the number of COVID-19 cases in the state is declining, he is hopeful of holding the board exams.

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The education minister also said that the government will consider the flood situation in the state and allocate exam centres accordingly. “We have identified enough exam centres that are outside the flood-prone zones where exams can be held seamlessly. Also, the cases of COVID-19 are also decreasing in the state. So, we are very hopeful.”

Students have been demanding the cancellation of the Class 10 and Class 12 Board exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic for many weeks on Twitter using #WakeUpSEBAAHSEC, #CancelAssamBoardExams and #CancelAssamBoardExam to register their protest.

Congress has also called for the cancellation of Class 10 and 12 board examinations in Assam and urged the state government to take an appropriate decision in this regard.

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