Assam government decides to close down 17 high schools after it showed zero per cent results in Class 10 examination:

Guwahati, June 7: Assam government on Sunday announced to close down 17 government-run high schools after the schools showing zero per cent result in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or Class 10 examination declared on Saturday.

Not a single student of these 17 government-run high schools was passed in the Class 10 examination.

Assam Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that, after the results, the state government has decided to close down 17 high schools within 72 hours.

The teachers of these schools will be transferred to other schools within 72 hours. The students of these schools will be attached with other nearby schools,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The results of HSLC or Class 10 examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) declared on Saturday and around 64.80 per cent students passed in the examination.

A total of 3,42,224 students appeared in this year’s HSLC examination of which 2,21,756 students passed in the examination.

Addressing a press conference held in Guwahati, the Assam Education minister said that, this year 109 government-run high schools have shown a result of 100 per cent in the HSLC examination.

Last year 54 schools showed 100 per cent results, but the number of schools has gone up to 109 this year. Last year 386 schools showed pass percentage of 90-110 and this year the school numbers have gone up to 503. On the other hand, 92 schools showed 0-10 per cent results last year and the school number reduced to 33.” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

He further said that this year 17 schools have showed zero per cent results.

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the state government has decided to make 100 per cent free admission to colleges.

Every student is eligible for 100 per cent free admission to colleges and the state government has decided because of the current COVID-19 pandemic scenario,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The Assam Education minister also announced some decisions taken by the state cabinet on May 26 last.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a total of 46,153 teachers who have qualified Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) will now get all benefits which are being availed by other government teachers.

Among these teachers, 29701 TET teachers are currently working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), 11206 teachers under state pool and 5243 teachers are working in high schools as a contractual basis. Their retirement age is now fixed at 60 years. They will now get regular pay scale along with other government teachers,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The Assam Education minister also said that the state government will give Rs 20,000 instead of a laptop under Anundoram Barooah Award scheme to the students who secured star marks and above in the HSLC, High Madrassa Examination, F.M. Examination and Sanskrit Pali & Pravesika Examination, Assam this year.