| Himanta Biswa Sarma |
Guwahati, June 2: Dispur today admitted that the declaration of matric results would not be possible within the Supreme Court’s June 10 deadline.
Nearly four lakh students in Assam are waiting for their results.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, has informed him that the results of the matric examinations are likely to be declared on June 15.
He said the process of evaluation began late this time because of several hiccups faced by the board while conducting the examinations.
The Telegraph in its May 29 edition first reported that the declaration of matric results would be delayed because of various reasons.
During this year’s matric exam, Seba was embroiled in a series of controversies — from question paper goof-ups to a cow chewing up answer scripts in Goalpara district.
These incidents forced the board to continue the matric exam till April 10 instead of the original schedule of March 17.
Seba is responsible for preparing the syllabi for Classes IX and X and conducting the matric examination.
Last year, it had declared the results on May 27, two weeks ahead of the court’s deadline.
The apex court had set the June 10 deadline to declare Class X results to maintain uniformity in admission in different institutions in the country.
If the deadline is not met, many students may miss admissions to top institutions of the country.
Seba has recruited nearly 10,000 teachers to check the answer scripts.
The board has 46 zones in the state and each zone requires a minimum of 200 evaluators.
“Just for the sake of meeting the deadline, the Seba does not want to declare the results with errors or mistakes. The board wants that the matric results should be error free and thus wants some to time to declare it,” Sarma said.
The minister said the delay in declaration of results would not affect the students much, as many students prefer to pursue Plus-II education in the state.
Sources in Seba said even though the board is working overtime to declare the results on June 15, there might be more delay in case of unforeseen circumstances like Assam bandh or Bharat bandh. Printing of marksheets and results sheets will be done outside the state to maintain secrecy and sanctity, the source said.