GUWAHATI, April 7 - Due to the uncertainties surrounding the HS first year examinations in the State because of the COVID-19-induced situation, some academicians and concerned parents have appealed to the State education department to promote all Class XI students under Arts, Commerce and Science streams to HS second year, so that they can start the new curriculum at home without losing academic days.
The HS first year examinations that were scheduled from March 25 to April 10, were deferred by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) in view of the current situation. As the HS final and HSLC examinations were over in the State well ahead of the lockdown, a significant number of students could escape a major educational dilemma.
While the AHSEC has not yet announced any such step, sources privy to the development told The Assam Tribune that the matter was discussed by the authorities on Tuesday and an announcement regarding this is expected to be made within the next two days.
According to experts, if all HS first year students are promoted to the next standard, it would align the academic activities without affecting the course curriculum.
Dilip Kumar Dutta Choudhury, president of the Assam Jatiya Bidyalay Management Committee has suggested that since the HS first year students have already completed their syllabus the government can take a decision to promote all the students to HS final year.
�Since there is an uncertainty regarding conducting the examination in the present situation, such a move will help the students start their Class XII curriculum at home. This will minimise the loss of their academic days because the HS final year session starts after the Bihu holidays in April,� he added.
�HS final exams are one of the most decisive stages of a student�s life. If the government takes timely action and promotes the students to the next level, they can at least start online classes and avoid the pressure of completing the course when the next session starts,� Binay Kumar Chaliha, father of an HS first year student said.