Assam board scraps compartment exams, 20,000 students to lose year

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GUWAHATI: About 20,000 students enrolled to the state board, who were hoping to take the compartment examination after being unable to clear the Class 10 exam, are set to miss one academic year due to Covid-19.

Even as the CBSE has geared up to conduct the compartment exams from September 22 by almost doubling the number of exam centres across the northeast — to ensure distancing among students due to the Covid-19 threat — the Board of Secondary Education Assam (Seba) has asked the students, who were expecting to appear in the compartment exams after the declaration of boards results, to take readmission in Class 10. There is no provision of compartment exams for students, who failed the Class 12 state board exam conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, either.

“We have not been able to find a solution to conduct the compartment exams for students who could not pass the Class 10 state board exams this year due to the ongoing pandemic. The current environment does not allow us to hold compartment exams for them. That’s why they have been instructed to take readmission in Class 10,” Seba chairman RC Jain told TOI.

Seba insiders are upset as the government could not find a solution for thousands of students enrolled to the state board.

“Seba is mulling the idea on whether the compartment exam can be conducted along with the Class 10 state board exam next year. This will lessen the burden of students who were eligible to appear in the exam soon after the declaration of the Class 10 state board exam results,” Jain said. Unlike CBSE, he, however, said neither the board wanted to take a risk with the lives of the examinees by scheduling the compartment exams, nor it wants to disrupt the government’s plans to reopen the schools after a gap after more than six months.

The CBSE is, however, going ahead with its plans to conduct the compartment exams, for classes 10 and 12, from September 22. KK Choudhury, director of CBSE northeast regional office based in Guwahati, said about 25,000 students will be taking the compartment exams in the northeast in classes 10 and 12. “It’s a big relief for students as they won’t lose an academic year, despite the ongoing pandemic. The CBSE compartment exams will be conducted by maintaining Covid protocols and ensuring distancing in the examination halls,” he added.

CBSE has increased the number of examination centres in Guwahati from two to five for the compartment exams, while across the northeast, Choudhury said the number has been increased from about 30 to about 60 to prevent overcrowding.





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