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Assam to hold board exams if Covid positivity rate drops below 2%: CM – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday mentioned that the state board examinations for courses 10 and 12 might be held from July 15, if the COVID-19 positivity rate goes below two per cent. A sequence of conferences have been held by the training division with guardians, college students’ organisations and different stakeholders and they’re in favour of holding the examinations, Sarma mentioned at a press convention held to mark the completion of the primary 30 days of his authorities.

Several states have cancelled their board examinations amid the Covid-19 pandemic after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) determined not to hold its class 12 examination.

“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 mentioned.

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The present positivity rate within the state is 3.24 per cent.

The examinations might be held for one or two days with strict compliance of Covid protocols and the query papers might be of goal sort, he mentioned.

“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 mentioned.

However, if the positivity rate is above two per cent on July 1, the board examinations might be cancelled, as we can’t take danger with the lives of college students”, Sarma mentioned.

If the examinations are cancelled, faculties might be directed to conduct the evalutation for which the modalities might be labored out and Education Minister Ranoj Pegu will announce it accordingly, he mentioned.

The High School Leaving Certificate examination for Class 10, held by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, and the Class 12 remaining examination performed by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, have been scheduled to begin in May. The exams have been postponed due to the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19.

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