| Students write one of their matric exam papers in Guwahati. File picture |
Guwahati, Dec. 12: Dispur’s latest holiday list has forced the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (Seba) to revise the schedule of the ensuing matric and high madarsa examinations.
According to the previous timetable, the examinations, including practical tests, were scheduled to commence on February 19 and conclude on March 15.
A restricted holiday on February 19 on the occasion of a Karbi festival has compelled the board to start the examinations on February 20 instead.
The holiday list published by the general administration department of the Assam government yesterday marked February 19, 2013, as a restricted holiday for Karbi Dehal Kachir Dom, a festival celebrated by Karbis living in the plains of Assam to pray for good monsoon and wellbeing of all.
“We are going through the government holiday list to revise the timetable of matric and high madarsa examinations. The board will not be able to conduct the examinations on days which are marked as full, half and reserved holidays. The revised routine will be published soon,” board secretary Dayaram Rajbongshi told this correspondent.
Nearly four lakh students across the state are preparing for the matric and high madarsa examinations.
Rajbongshi, who took charge on Saturday amid controversies and allegations that increasing conflicts between the chairman and secretary of Seba threatened to disrupt the ensuing matric exams, said everything was fine and under control.
Basanta Kumar Das, Rajbongshi’s predecessor, sent a letter to the secretary of secondary education, N.M. Hussain, on November 26 stating that a chaotic situation might arise at any point of time because of conflicts between the Seba chairman and himself.
Das even stated that the conflict might affect the matric examination schedule or even lead to postponement of the examinations.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) took a serious note of the development and threatened a massive agitation if students’ interests were affected.
“All officials and employees of the Seba are extending full cooperation to me since the day of my joining. All of us on the board are now committed to conducting the matric and high madarsa exams in a smooth manner under all circumstances. Students and their parents should not worry about any disruption,” Rajbongshi said.
The Seba secretary said distribution of admit cards for the examinations would begin very soon in all districts and the exercise is expected to be completed much ahead of the exams.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma recently tweeted that videography would be done at 800 examination centres to prevent students from adopting unfair practices during the matric exams.
Rajbongshi said the matter would be discussed in the next board meeting.