HS council not to conduct Class XI examination

GUWAHATI: The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has decided that from this session onwards, the Class XI final examination would not be conducted by the council but by the respective affiliated schools and institutes themselves.

From 2011 onwards, the institutes recognized by the council can conduct the Class XI examination. The exam is most likely to take place in February or March and schools have been notified to declare the results before April 14.

P K Kalita, controller of examinations, AHSEC, said, "The education council conducts an examination at the Class XI level only in this state. Of late, the council has come to the conclusion that conducting a public examination for Class XI has no significance and it is rather time consuming."

He also said, "The Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has been maintaining that the pressure of public examinations on students has to be reduced and that no other state follows this pattern. So, we too have decided to change the system. The move will delegate additional responsibility to educational institutes and will also increase the number of academic classes for Class XII."

"The process would be less time-consuming and pressure would decrease on students because the exam would be internal. Students can thus concentrate more on their studies and schools can pay more attention to their performance," Kalita added.

The controller of examinations also declared that the Higher Secondary final examination for Class XII would commence on February 14 and end on March 9 for Science, Arts and Commerce streams and vocational courses; the practicals would be held from March 12.

Approximately 2,40,000 candidates from all the streams are likely to appear for the exam this year and 692 centres have been selected for the exam all over the state.

However, the date for declaration of the results has not been decided yet, but it is most likely to be around the second week of May. "Last year, the results were declared in May and this year, too, we hope we would be able to declare the results within the second week of May itself," Kalita said.