The Assam government on July 1 notified a record-based evaluation process for class 10 and 12 students under the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (SEBA) and the Assam Council of Higher Secondary Education (AHSEC), based on reports of two students. Expert committees constituted by the Education Department.
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Under this section, students desirous of becoming teachers or employees in the Department of Education or any other state government department where the recruitment is “largely on the basis of HSLC or HSSLC marks” will be required to obtain a special matriculation or Must appear in Higher Secondary Examination. Situation. Education Minister Ranoj Pegu claimed that the special exam is necessary so that this year’s class 10 and 12 batch students are only at par with previous or future batches in evaluation of merit for the job selection process and not for getting admission in higher classes. for.
However, the student bodies refused to accept this argument and said that the clause has rendered the entire record-based evaluation process redundant and students are already under stress due to uncertainty over the evaluation process through more pressure. have put.
Describing this clause as completely unacceptable, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya told PTI, “The evaluation process has been recommended by committees constituted by the government. On the basis of this the marksheet will be the future for the students.” All roads should be kept open.
“We demand the government to reconsider this clause and repeal it. The students were ready to appear for the exam. It is not their fault. There should be no injustice to their interests.”
He said that AASU has already sent a letter to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister on Friday regarding this demand.
Speaking in the same vein, Dipen Boro, president of the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), said, “There should not be a separate marksheet for getting admission in higher classes and applying for jobs in future.”
He questioned that if a student is deemed to have passed under the notified record-based evaluation process but subsequently fails to clear the particular class 10 or 12 examination, which marksheet would be applicable.
Palash Changmai, general secretary of the Assam Jatiyatwadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), also expressed a similar sentiment, saying that this provision of special exams to apply for government jobs in future is “absolutely not acceptable”.
“Students are already going through a lot of mental torture because of the delay in deciding whether the exams will be held or not. We cannot put them under more stress,” he said and demanded that the clause be withdrawn immediately.
The Students Federation of India (SFI) on Saturday held a protest in Guwahati against the new formula of two batches and asked the government to withdraw the clause.
The Satrasan Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) said the decision to hold separate exams in 2022 would threaten the careers of around seven lakh students of both the batches and demanded the withdrawal of this “anti-student” notification.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia accused the Assam government of playing with the future of innocent students.
“The present chief minister, who was earlier the education minister, was well aware that the examination could have been held in January or February. But instead of working for the students, which was his constitutional duty, he opted to work. His party, the BJP interests of,” he told PTI.
Terming the clause as “unacceptable”, AIUDF MLA Rafikul Islam said that students will have to continue their class 10 or 12 studies along with preparing for their next year’s syllabus, which will put tremendous pressure on them.
“The government should immediately withdraw this provision and follow the procedure being followed by other states,” he said.
However, the education minister on Saturday said that the government will conduct the exam in future to remove any discrepancy and avoid litigation.
“The government may give marksheets based on the record-based evaluation process. But students who had passed earlier or will pass in subsequent years approach the court against competing with these students, saying they Never sit for exams, shall we do then?” He asked.
Clause 5 of both the notifications states that the marks awarded through the record-based evaluation process will not be considered if these students decide to apply later for state government jobs where Class 10 and 12 Marks are the evaluation criteria.
For Class 12 students, who have a practical test, 50 percent of their total marks will be obtained from the best of three subjects of class 10, 30 percent from class 12 practical, 10 percent from internal assessment and attendance. in class 11 and class 12, and the remaining 10 percent is to be provided by AHSEC.
Class 12 students of Arts and Commerce streams who do not have practical exams will get 50 per cent marks out of three subjects in class 10, 40 per cent from internal assessment in class 11 and class 12, and an additional 10 per cent by AHSEC .
For Class 10 students, 40 percent of their marks will be based on their performance in Class 9, 40 percent on the evaluation of their performance in Class 10 and 20 percent on the school-based internal assessment.
Those students, who are dissatisfied with their marks or the process of evaluation, will have the option to appear in the regular examination till September 15 or when the examinations can be conducted, with notifications that the results will be declared by July 31.