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GUWAHATI: The Assam cabinet on Wednesday recommended the state board to conduct examinations for 10th, Upper Madrasa and Class XII due to the Covid-19 situation, but the final decision will be taken by the education department in consultation with the concerned department on Friday.

About 4.4 lakh students are scheduled to appear for the Class X (HSC) and Higher Madrasa examinations, and about two and a half lakh are registered for Class XII examinations under other state boards.

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Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sarma tweeted that “the final decision on HSLC (Class X), Higher Madrasa and HS Final Year (Class 12) examinations will be taken at a meeting between Edu Division and other stakeholders on June 16.”

The cabinet’s recommendation comes two days after four state board students filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of state board exams to maintain parity with students under CBSE and other boards. And in the face of the epidemic threatening their lives, they are being forced to take part in tests.

In a briefing at the next cabinet meeting, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said, “About seven lakh students are registered for the board exams and as a result of the exams being held, a huge rally will be held outside the examination centers. The cabinet has advised against giving offline exams in the current situation. But this is not just a suggestion and final decision. ”

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Earlier, the chief minister had said that the board examination would be held in mid-July if the positive rate of the Covid examination fell below 2 per cent by July 1. The positive rate has decreased but is still above 2%. The test rate on Wednesday was 2.6%.

Mahanta said, “During the second wave of running, we saw that in May and June, 14.8% of the positive cases were between the ages of 0 to 18 years and even then, 10% of the infected were between the ages of 11 and 18 years. In May and June, about 25,000 infected people aged 0 to 18 years

“The cabinet has advised the education department not to test in view of this high rate of infection among the youth,” he added.

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