SEBA issues guidelines for schools in Assam for compulsory learning of Assamese language

The Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) has given two options to the students under the state board for compulsory learning of the Assamese language.

This has been done as per the provisions of the Assamese Language Learning Act 2020 in a bid to make learning Assamese compulsory for the students of schools under SEBA.

As per the guidelines, for schools belonging to areas other than the 6th Scheduled areas, Barak Valley and Bodo medium schools of other areas, two options have been given to the students for compulsory learning of the Assamese language.

In the 6th Scheduled areas, Barak Valley and Bodo medium schools, however this rule won’t be compulsory, but they will get the option to choose Assamese as an elective subject, and obtain a proficiency certificate as an incentive.

The rules will be effective from Class IX registration for the year 2021. As per the first option, any student not opting for Assamese as MIL, can choose Assamese (E) as ‘elective subject’.

In such case, the total number of subjects for such candidates will be six.

At present, there are 11 MIL subjects under the Board and the list of the elective subjects comprises 31 subjects.

For the students who neither opts for Assamese as MIL nor takes Assamese (Elective)as an ‘elective subject’, there is another option to choose Assamese (Elective) as one additional subject.

Such students will have to appear for seven papers instead of six papers. The additional paper would contain 100 marks.

As per a Board notification, the marks obtained in the additional seventh paper won’t be counted for merit purposes and will be shown separately in the marks sheet.

However, it will be mandatory for the student to appear in the Assamese (Elective) examination to qualify in the HSLC examination.

In schools belonging to the 6th Scheduled Areas and Barak Valley and the Bodo medium schools, if any student selects MIL subject other than Assamese, he or she will get the option of selecting the additional seventh paper of Assamese (E), which, however, will not be compulsory for them.

Offline Classes to Continue: Meghalaya Education Minister

Meghalaya: In the wake of rising number of corona positive cases in Meghalaya, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday said that regular offline classed from nursery till college- level would continue in the state as the heads of educational institutes agreed to continue regular offline classes. However, he also added that class attendance would not be mandatory and school authorities could take the classes in different shifts. Student could also opt for online classes or whatever other system school might provide.

D.P Wahlang, Additional Chief Secretary of Education held a meeting on Wednesday with the educational heads to hear their views regarding the present COVID-19 situation in the state with relation to conduct regular offline classes in schools and colleges.

“We feel that the present system is good enough. The heads of the educational institutions are also in an opinion that present system should continue because online classes are not handy even in the urban areas,” the minister said. Talking about the board exams which will begin from April 16, Rymbui said that the educational heads were in a view that board examinations must be held as scheduled as it helps in testing the capacity and capability of students.

“The main objective of schooling is that the children will get the knowledge and education,” Rymbui said while imparting that educational heads are of a view that students have not benefitted from the online classes. The minister said that the educational heads also agreed to their decision that all teachers must be vaccinated since they come into contact with students on a regular basis.

“The Education Department has communicated the matter raised by the educational heads to the Health Department on the need to vaccinate teachers,” Rymbui said pointing out that it would be a massive exercise since there are around 75000 teachers in the state.


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MBoSE to hold HSSLC and SSLC examinations amid the COVID-19 surge.

Meghalaya: The second wave of coronavirus has made many states to impose partial lockdown and night curfew. Even the state like Maharashtra is forced to postpone its Board examinations but Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) is confident to hold examinations beginning from April 16. As per the schedule, Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination will be from April 19 to May 3 and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations will be held from April 16 to May 12.

D.P Wahlang, Principal Secretary of Education has admitted that he is aware of many parents and their wards are panicked seeing the sudden spike of daily cases. However he said that they have been examining the matter along with the local data and they need to take decisions that are locally relevant. The Meghalaya Govt. has also ruled out the possibility of complete lockdown in the state. Wahlang advised people not to panic. “The centres have been asked to take necessary precautions following the COVID-19 norms,” he said.
On Tuesday the state recorded 87 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest daily spike so far this year taking the active cases up to 270. Meghalaya has so far registered a total number of 14,387 COVID-19 cases causing 151 deaths with 1.06 fatality rate.

MBoSE Controller of Exams, T. R Lahoo said that any student testing positive would be given a second chance to appear the exam. He further ensured that proper sanitisation of the exam centres would be done before the said exams.
Giving more insight, Meghalaya State Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that examination will be conducted in 5-6 halls instead of 2-3 halls. “We have a plan, but I am very hopeful that nothing untoward will happen,” he added.


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