Students demand postponing of state board exams – a BVU analysis

Silchar, Apr 17, (Bikram Das) : The central government has decided to put off the CBSE class 10 examinations and postpone the class 12 exam, amid wild surge of COVID cases in India. The news brings relief to the anxious students and their parents, who are caught on the crest of this second COVID-19 wave.

While many believes this to be wise decision of putting the younger age off risk from the contagious disease, other half believes the decision will impact the academics of the school goers.

While, the central government has already hit the pad with their decision of cancelling the exams, the onus is now on state governments. Some states have already proceeded with postponement of exams like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh said they are monitoring the Covid-19 situation.

Karnataka said it will conduct the exams as scheduled. Meghalaya too said it is ready to hold the state board exams for class 12 but will take a decision on class 10 exams after a review of the Covid-19 situation is completed.

The Assam Education minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on last Thursday, mentioned that the Assam govt will take a call on this regard post Bihu. Meanwhile, social media trending has been initiated by the state students demanding postponement of exams. The students advocating their demand putting forward arguments of providing equal treatment, like as those of CBSE.

“When CBSE has called off their exams, why can’t Assam Government? The cases are rising in the state too and we are concerned about health of us and parents. If anyone gets contaminated at the exam hall, who will take the responsibility?” Anubav Sharma, a Class 10 student from SIlchar threw questions to the the Assam government.

To know, which way will be better for, the Barak Valley Updates reached out to few heads of politico/social organizations to find their views-

Pradip Dutta Roy, Barak Democratic Front

“After the elections and Kumb Mela gets over, the cases are going to surge steeply. At that time, it is of sure, the govt will look for lockdown and that will badly impact the younger age. All the COVID protocols are sent to toss in election states. About one million people have gathered at Kumbh Mela. When these people will return to their homes after the event, they will spread the infections across the country. So the State board should take a call to postpone the exam”.

Milon Das, former president of Assam University Students Union and current BJP candidate from Hailakandi

“The lives of the students are more important. They way cases have shown leap with more lethal strain of the virus, compared to 2020, it will be better to take call after due recognition of all factors. I am sure the government will think on it and will take a mature decision on it, without impacting the academics of the students.”

Samujjal Bhattacherjee, All Assam Students Union

“Students are concerned about their academics along with their health. The state education board should ensure that whatever steps being taken, it does not hit the students hard in one or the other way. At the same time I will also like to say, there should not be loss in academics of the students”.

Rakib Hussain, NSUI president Udharbond, Cachar

“We are not going to sit in the exam alone and there will be 1000s of students in a centre. This disease is contagious and there is very chance of getting contaminated. Instead of reducing the infection chain, we may end up rather enlarging it. Our health minister is very much aware of the situation and therefore we urge him to postpone the exam to a later date”.

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