Assam Government's Bold Step: Unifying Class 10 and 12 Boards for Improved Secondary Education

The Assam State School Education Board Bill, 2024 aims to transform the state's education system.

Gobind Arora
Published on: 8 Feb 2024 5:10 AM GMT
Assam Governments Bold Step: Unifying Class 10 and 12 Boards for Improved Secondary Education

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Assam government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has proposed a significant reform in the state's education system. The Assam State School Education Board Bill, 2024, introduced in the Assembly, aims to merge the existing Class 10 (SEBA) and Class 12 (AHSEC) boards into a single entity – the Assam State School Education Board (ASSEB).

The proposed merger is a strategic move to regulate, supervise, and enhance secondary education in the state. With this unified approach, the government envisions better coordination and improved standards across Class 10 and 12 education. The ASSEB, set to have a total of 21 members, will play a crucial role in developing, regulating, and maintaining the quality of school education in Assam.

The chairman of ASSEB, to be nominated by the government, will lead the new board, and individual vice chairmen for each division will be appointed under the chairman's supervision. This structural arrangement aims to streamline governance and bring about efficient management of secondary education in the state.

The primary objective of the Assam State School Education Board Bill, 2024, as stated by Education Minister Ranoj Pegu, is to "develop, regulate, and supervise the standards and quality in school education in the state of Assam." The legislation proposes a three-year term for the board members, with the possibility of renewal for an equal period.

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The decision to merge the boards was taken during a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in November of the previous year. The move is a response to the challenges faced, notably the leaking of question papers during the Class 10 board examinations conducted by SEBA in 2023. The incident, which affected general science and Assamese papers, prompted the need for a comprehensive reevaluation of the examination system.

The ASSEB, once established, is expected to bring about positive changes and address the shortcomings observed in the previous examination process. The government's commitment to improving education standards and the overall quality of secondary education is evident in this legislative proposal.

As Assam takes this bold step towards educational reform, the merger of Class 10 and 12 boards reflects a commitment to providing students with a more cohesive and effective learning experience. The move not only aims to prevent future irregularities but also positions Assam as a pioneer in educational governance.

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Assam State School Education Board Bill, 2024, signifies a transformative moment for the state's education system, paving the way for a more unified and robust secondary education structure. The proposed merger is a testament to the government's dedication to creating an environment that fosters academic excellence and elevates the standards of education in Assam.

Gobind Arora

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