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Bongaigaon meet of Cabinet takes a slew of decisions


HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 24: The state cabinet on Wednesday approved the new school system under the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 to implement the NEP in the state by 2023.

The decision was taken during the cabinet meeting held in Bongaigaon under the chairmanship of chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

According to the cabinet decision, the school education structure would be changed from the existing 10+2 to 5+3+3+4.

“5 years (pre-school) and 3 years (Classes 3, 4 & 5) will be under the Directorate of Elementary Education, 3 years (Classes 6, 7 & 8) and 4 years (Classes 9, 10, 11 & 12) will be under the Directorate of Education. The change will come into effect from 2023,” Sarma told newsmen after the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet also constituted a three-member committee to examine areas under encroachment and suggest measures to free such land from illegal settlers.

The committee will be headed by Amguri MLA, Pradip Hazarika, who has been accorded status of cabinet minister, while Khumtai MLA, Mrinal Saikia and Nagaon MLA, Rupak Sarma are its members and accorded status of ministers of state.

“A formidable team from the state Revenue department will assist the committee during the survey,” the chief minister informed.

On the other hand, the state cabinet approved the merger of the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) in order to fully implement the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

The decision to merge the two educational boards has been taken to implement the 5+3+3+4 system in the state.

The state cabinet decided to form a Youth Commission to extend support to unemployed youths, particularly those who have studied in mother languages, so that they can sit for competitive exams and get seats in medical and engineering colleges at the all-India level.

In a departure from the past, the Cabinet decided to grant additional leave on January 6, 7, 2022 (the days ahead of two weekly holidays) for the state government employees who desire to visit their parents or in-laws.

Relaxation in APSC exam

To remove language barrier in Civil Services exams conducted by APSC, English and Assamese papers to be withdrawn subject to fulfilment of 3 conditions. The cabinet decided that Candidates must be resident of Assam besides being fluent in speaking Assamese or other recognised languages of Assam.

The chief minister, meanwhile, tweeted “At #AssamCabinet meeting held at Bongaigaon, we took some major decisions regarding forming a panel to ascertain total Satra land under encroachment, setting up Youth Commission, amending rules for PG courses in Govt medical colleges & restructuring school education, among others.”



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