Assam CM Orders Probe into Anomalies in Class X Board Exam

Chief minister TarunGogoi on Tuesday ordered the formation of a two-member committee to enquire into the anomalies in the Class X board exam conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (Seba) as pointed out by the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) and other organizations. The committee will constitute the vice-chancellors of Dibrugarh University and Assam Agricultural University and will submit its report within one month.

Aasu has been staging a dharna demanding removal of the Seba chairman and revamping of the state board at Seba’s office since Thursday.

Seba employees on Tuesday extended support to the ongoing protest of Aasu demanding ouster of the board’s chairman Shantikam Hazarika. They told an Aasu delegation that they will approach chief minister Tarun Gogoi to end the impasse.

On Sunday, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma accepted Aasu’s demand of initiating reforms in Seba so as to provide error-free and timely results to students. But the state government is yet to decide on the fate of Hazarika.

Aasu is adamant to continue its protest unless Hazarika is removed from his post. Lending support to the Aasu’s protest, vice-president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Paramananda Rajbongshi, and general secretary of All Assam Tribal Sangha, Aditya Khakhlari, on Tuesday joined the Aasu protesters at the Seba premises.

Following the Aasu protest, Seba secretary Dayaram Rajbongshi had earlier tendered his resignation.

Aasu adviser Sammujal Bhattacharyya said that though the state government has agreed to bring reforms in the state board, the board should be controlled by an able educationist. “Ouster of Shantikam Hazarika is the only issue now. Changes in Seba will not yield fruitful results if the board is headed by Hazarika, under whose tenure major goof-ups have taken place in the last two years,” said Bhattacharyya.

The Aasu protest at the Seba headquarters has paralyzed work in the board office. “There is total chaos in the Seba office due to the ongoing protest. Senior officials are not in office for the last couple of days. We want an immediate solution to the logjam,” said Jugal Sarma, secretary of the employees union of Seba.

A Seba official said that absence of the chairman and secretary has hit work at the board. “Registration of class IX students is going on and the results of those who sent their paper of the Class X exam for re-evaluation is yet to be declared. In the absence of senior officials at the Seba office, we are facing serious difficulty,” said a board official.

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