Guwahati, July 5: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Monday condemned the BJP-led Assam government for playing with the fate of HSLC and Higher Secondary students of Assam through their hotchpotch attitude in the matter of holding examinations.
Addressing a press conference held in Guwahati, APCC president Ripun Bora said that, their recent announcements and decisions display their complete lack of sincerity and sensitivity with regard to the future of students.
“The controversial and mismatched statements of the Education Minister and the Chief Minister has further compounded and confused the students, parents and guardians. Initially, the Education Department was hell-bent on holding examination and had announced to this effect since they did not have a robust internal assessment procedure despite a widespread protest against holding of examination during Covid Times. Then giving in to pressure from stakeholders the Education Minister said that they will not hold examinations instead give mark sheets after internal assessment but with a condition that this marksheet can be used only for admission but not forgetting any government employment. He also announced that a student can avail of a betterment examination later in 2020 if they are not satisfied with their marksheet,” Ripun Bora said.
Bora also said that such an announcement was severely criticized by one and all. To announce the marksheet as redundant while applying for Government jobs was totally unjustified. It is not the student’s fault that they could not sit for the exams so why deprive them?
“For those who are career-oriented and already gone ahead in their studies in various fields how practical would it be for them to again go back to sit for a betterment exam? To make matters more confusing Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma then gave a completely different statement from that of the Education Minister that the marksheet will be eligible for all employment except TET appointments. Such contradictory statements of the Chief Minister and the Education Minister has exposed the faulty and dithering Education policy of the BJP Government which has been frustrating not only for the students, parents and guardians but the general public as well. The APCC demands that the Government should immediately end this stalemate and take quick decisions for the future of these lakhs of students,” Ripun Bora said. Assam Congress alleges BJP-led state government is playing with the fate of HSLC, HSSLC students.