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Ballot blow to matric results

Guwahati, March 21: The publication of matric examination results in the state may be delayed because of the involvement of a large number of schoolteachers in election duty.

Currently, the evaluation process has been disrupted because the teachers have to attend training programmes to prepare for poll duty.

The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba), which conducts the matric exams and declares the results, is being forced to suspend evaluation in different evaluation zones at frequent intervals since March 7 because of requisition of high school teachers by the state election department for election training.

Seba has recruited 16,000 teachers as evaluators for smooth evaluation and declaration of matric results on time. The board has 44 evaluation zones across the state.

“The majority of evaluators have told Seba that they will not be able to fully concentrate on their job because of poll duties. The election department has told the teachers that they have to attend poll duty without fail. If there is no change in the situation, the evaluation process will be delayed and announcement of the matric examination results will be pushed back,” a Seba official told The Telegraph on Friday.

Seba had asked the Election Commission not to engage high school teachers on poll duty. The board formally requested the secondary education department of Assam government to convey the appeal before the Election Commission.

Elections in Assam will be held in three phases — on April 7, 12 and 24.

“We could have completed the evaluation process by April 22 had the teachers not been engaged in poll duties,” the official said.

A senior official in the election department told this correspondent that training programmes were being conducted for teachers.

“Around 80 per cent of poll-related work will have to be done by teachers because there aren’t enough employees in other government departments,” the official said.