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The certificates and marksheets to be provided under the alternative evaluation method due to the COVID-19 pandemic to the final year students of class 10 and 12 in Assam, will be valid in applying for higher education and jobs.

This was decided following a discussion where chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met representatives of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on July 8 to discuss about the alternative method of evaluation necessitated by the cancellation of High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary exams.

However, the meeting also decided that an equivalent exam may be held for teachers’ recruitment in schools and colleges if deemed necessary, stated a press release from the CMO.

“This will be applicable for all students of SEBA (Board of Secondary Education Assam) and AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council) and other boards and education councils,” the release said.

Moreover, it was also decided that there would be no rank holder system in HSLC and HS exams under the new formula and only distinction and star marks would be given.

Class 9 examinations under SEBA in Assam

The CM further directed to hold class 9 examinations under SEBA from now onwards. The exam to be conducted by the district education council will have similar question paper for all schools of the district. He also directed to ensure availability of data of exam results and students appearing the examination with the SEBA.

The representatives of AASU, ABSU and AJYCP thanked the CM for his step to find out a solution on a crucial issue relating to students’ future.

Chief advisor of AASU Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharjya, adviser Prakash Das, president Dipanka Kumar Nath, general secretary Shankarjyoti Baruah, president of ABSU Dipen Bodo, AJYCP president Rana Pratap Baruah and general secretary Palash Changmai took part in the meeting, among others.

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