Guwahati: The decision of the Board of Secondary Education, Assam () to withdraw two of its regional offices from Jorhat in Upper Assam and Silchar in the Barak Valley is likely to put thousands of students in a tight spot as they may have to travel all the way to Guwahati now for board exam-related work.
In the middle of Seba-conducted Class X state board examination, where nearly 3.5 lakh candidates are appearing, the two regional offices of the board will cease to exist from March 1. With high expectations, the two regional offices of the state board were opened in Jorhat and Silchar in 2015 and 2016 respectively in the presence of ministers and senior bureaucrats. But Seba authorities said the decision taken at the highest level within the board to withdraw the two centres would be recompensed.
“From March 1 itself, it has been decided to make the regional committees of Seba functional in each district of Assam. This would provide services to all Seba-affiliated schools and citizens. The district-level committees have been formed for effective implementation of all academic and examination-related activities,” Suranjana Senapati, secretary of Seba, told TOI on Wednesday.
The three-member committees in each districts of the state will start functioning as an alternative to the two regional offices of the board and have been envisaged as new inventiveness to ease out the difficulties faced by the board examinees. There is a growing chorus for setting up branches of the board in various parts of the state as board examinees from across the state had to rush to Seba’s only office located at Bamunimaidam in Guwahati earlier for exam-related difficulties.
Meanwhile, reports of abolishing the two regional branches of the education board have raised concern among a section of students and guardians. However, Seba said they are going ahead with the plans to resolve the problems faced by the board examinees at the district level.
“Though we have decided to withdraw the offices from March 1, simultaneously, from the same date, the three-member regional committees of Seba, headed by inspectors of schools, will become functional in the districts. We are hopeful that the queries of students will now be entertained in a wider dimension,” said Senapati.
The committees have been constituted to provide support to students and guardians for filing online applications for frequently confronted issues pertaining to correction of registration cards, admit cards, marksheets and certificates. Moreover, the committees have been entrusted with the task of assisting students and guardians, as and when they apply for acquiring photocopy or for reevaluation of answersscripts, after declaration of the board results.