GUWAHATI, June 10: The Higher Secondary (HS) and High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations are likely to be conducted from July 15 to 20 if the Covid-19 positivity rate goes below two per cent, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced here on Thursday.
The current positivity rate in the state is 3.24 per cent.
“If the positivity rate remains above 2 percent, the government will not risk the lives of students, thus, we will cancel the examination and consider school evaluation,” Sarma said.
The High School Leaving Certificate examination for Class 10, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and the HS examination conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC), were scheduled to start in May.
The exams were postponed due to the outbreak of the second wave of Covid-19.
A series of meetings were held by the education department with guardians, students’ organisations and other stakeholders and they are in favour of holding the examinations, Sarma said at a press conference here.
“The schedule for the examinations will be announced within the next few days but with the rider that the positivity rate in the state comes down to less than two per cent,” he said.
The examinations will be held for one or two days with strict compliance of Covid protocols and the question papers will be of objective type, he said.
“The matric (class 10) and the higher secondary examinations are important as several empowering schemes like handing laptops and scooties are linked to these examinations,” he said.
However, if the positivity rate is above two per cent on July 1, the examinations will be cancelled, as we cannot take risk with the lives of students”, Sarma said.
If the examinations are cancelled, schools will be directed to conduct the evaluation for which the modalities will be worked out and education minister Ranoj Pegu will announce it accordingly, he said.
Sarma also claimed that Assam is the only state to control Covid-19 infection without imposing a total lockdown.