The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has decided to postpone the Higher Secondary examination for Biology after a meeting with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Monday.
The Council also announced the report of the probe being conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police to look into the various alleged discrepancies in AHSEC since 2016 will come out within a week.
Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Dayananda Borgohain, Chairman, AHSEC said, “The CID investigation will cover all the alleged discrepancies within the AHSEC since 2016. The investigation report will come out within a week. The CID probe has been going on since 2016, but it didn’t finish. Also, we will soon recruit a permanent examination controller.”
Alleged leak of question papers of the ongoing Higher Secondary final examination recently rocked the State.
AASU advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said that following the meeting, it has been decided that the Biology examination, scheduled for March 17, will now be held on March 24. “We told the AHSEC authority that for the sake of the students, the examination should be postponed. They have agreed to that,” he said.
Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS), the students’ wing of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) also had a meeting with the AHSEC Chairman on Monday.
Bitu Sonowal, President of SMSS said, “A group from SMSS led by our Central Executive President Manas Konwar and Education Secretary Aminul Haque met AHSEC Chairman Dayananda Borgohain. We told him about our suspicion that few unscrupulous people in AHSEC are conniving with the Goalpara Science Academy in leaking the question papers. Investigation should be completed within seven days and if everything is not explained clearly in the investigation, then we will reveal what we know in front of the public. Right now, we are silent only for the sake of the investigation.”
Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday also suggested that the investigation should be completed within seven days and the report should be shared with the media.