Guwahati, Sept. 14: The committee to probe anomalies in the declaration of matric or Class X final examinations results this year in Assam, has recommended an amendment to the Assam Secondary Education Act, 1961, to prevent such errors in future.
The committee, headed by noted academician and former principal of Cotton College Dilip Kumar Barua, has observed in its report that the internal conflict in the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (Seba) is the direct outcome of various lacunae in the Act.
The committee was constituted by Seba, which is responsible for conducting and declaring matric results.
Internal conflict in Seba, particularly the power tussle between the chairman and the secretary, was considered as one of the main reasons for anomalies in the results of matric examinations, 2013.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) launched an indefinite strike in July demanding resignations of Seba chairman Shantikam Hazarika and secretary Dayaram Rajbongshi for allegedly playing with academic careers of thousands of students.
The strike had forced Dispur to send Hazarika on compulsory leave. Rajbongshi was asked to resign.
“In a sense, the Assam Secondary Education Act, 1961 is an anachronism. The Act needs to clarify clearly the powers and responsibilities of the chairman and the secretary to prevent any conflict for greater interest of students. In fact, anomalies in declaration of the matric results this year originated from lacunae in the Act. So we recommend an amendment in the Act by the state government,” Barua told reporters at Seba office here today.
Barua, in his report, said lack of sincerity and accountability of a section of Seba officials and employees could also be attributed to anomalies in the matric results. He said a scheme has to be chalked out to offer incentives and rewards to honest and efficient officers or employees of Seba. The chairman and the secretary of Seba have to work in tandem to clear the mess in different branches of the board office.
The committee said the state government’s move to declare the results in a hurried manner was another reason for anomalies in the matric results.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had instructed Seba to declare matric results ahead of the CBSE’s Class X examinations results.
• The committee submitted the report to chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday
• It has suggested that Shantikam Hazarika, who had to go on compulsory leave, should not return to Seba till the Assam Secondary Education Act, 1961 is amended
• A hostile environment inside Seba and lack of work culture is primarily responsible for anomalies in matric results, the committee said