HSLC/ HSSLC Exam Marks Evaluation Row: ABSU Expresses Concern

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KOKRAJHAR, JUN 2: The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has expressed it’s concern over the reports placed before the education department and state government on the marks evaluation process prepared by two high empowered committees for HSLC/ HSSLC examinations under the SEBA and AHSEC due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the state and urged for extending equal opportunity and justice in terms of qualification for the aspiring students.

Addressing the reporters today at a press conference held at Bodofa House in Kokrajhar, ABSU president Dipen Boro and general secretary Khanindra Basumatary said that the students union has vowed for appeal and demand to review the decision of appearing another examination for those aspiring for government jobs.

They said that the students union (ABSU) has been eyeing for equal status and should not be separate marksheet/certificate for taking higher studies and applying for jobs.

The student union leaders said that the students should not be deprived their equal opportunity and justice in terms of qualification.

“The students union appeals and demand to review the decision of appearing another exam for those aspiring for government jobs. There should not be separate marksheet/certificate for taking higher studies and applying for jobs. It will dilute the very spirit of cancelling the HSLC/HSSLC exam due to covid situation. Students should not be deprived from equal opportunity and justice in terms of qualification, perhaps the students were ready for exam, it is due to covid situation the matriculation & intermediate exam is cancelled”, Boro said.

He said that question arises if a student qualifies with the present evaluation obtaining marksheet and certificate however in later part if he appears in exam and fails in that special HSLC/HSSLC exam, then which marksheet/certificate is applicable for him?Either the student will continue for higher studies or he has to accept the failed marksheet. If he continues to take higher degrees and after some years if he applies for job, then his candidature gets rejected due to covid certificate what will be the implication to his career in life. We demand for one student, one exam/evaluation and one marksheet.

On Assam Judicial Services, ABSU leaders demanded inclusion and use of Bodo language in the recruitment examination under Assam Judicial Services as Bodo language is now Associate official language in Assam and recognised in eight scheduled of Indian constituency.

They said that the recent advertisement and syllabus for Assam Judicial Service (AJS) direct recruitment for the post of Grade III as published by Registrar, Gauhati High Court. The said exam in Paper V for 50 marks as the Proficiency in Official Language has shown only Assamese language. Despite several times of representations by the All Bodo Students Union to the government of Assam and as demanded by All Assam Lawyers Association to include Bodo Language in the paper V, that Bodo language being the eight scheduled language under the Constitution of India and now being the Associate Official Language of Assam, after the BTR Accord it has been inserted in the official language law of the state by The Assam Official Language (Amendment) Act, 2020. Which received Assent of the Governor on 27th January, 2021, published The Assam Gazzette. Accordingly Under Section 5A, the Bodo Language in Devanagri Script shall be used as an Associate Official Language for all or any of the Official purpose of the State of Assam.

The All Bodo Students Union demand for early inclusion of Bodo language in Assam Judicial Service as per the spirit of the Assam official language Act, 1960, amended act, 2020. The aspiring candidates should not be deprived from having language paper.

The ABSU has sought state government’s intervention into the use of Bodo language in the examination of Assam Judicial Services across the state.

The student union leaders urge the state government for early inclusion of Bodo language in Assam Judicial Service as per the spirit of the Assam official language Act, 1960, amended act, 2020. The aspiring candidates should not be deprived from having language paper.