Abnormal decline in the number of HSLC candidates in state

  • Abnormal decline in the number of HSLC candidates in state
19-02-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

In a shocking turn, the number of HSLC and High Madrasah examination candidates have decreased from 3,72,640 last year to 3,53,533 this year, showing a decline of 19,107 candidates. Many have alleged the reason for this decline to be the policies adopted by the State Education Department.



It must be noted that as many as 53 schools which were under the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) have been now transferred under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had informed during the state budget session 2017-18, 50 Government schools of Assam, under the SEBA, were to be transferred under the CBSE. Many have alleged this transfer for the decline in the number of candidates.

Till date, numerous committees were formed by the Education Department for implementing reforms in SEBA, however, no such reforms were seen in the past years. Moreover, incidents of question paper leak, mix-up of subjects, cows eating answer sheets are not new. As a result, people of the state have also started losing faith in the Board.



Several students’ organisations such as AASU, SMSS among others have staged numerous protests, demanding modernisation  of SEBA, however, availing no response from the Education Department.

It must be noted that Educarion Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has stated the reason of transfer of schools from SEBA to CBSE as preparing students from Assam foe various National level examinatrions. Also, SEBA officials have stated the reason for decline in the number of candidates to be the system of “Open Schooling” which started a few years back.

Tags : HSLC Assam SEBA CBSE Himanta Biswa Sarma Education

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