The much-delayed Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) class 12 final examinations will take place in July-August.
This development comes even as students on Twitter are trending hashtags such as #WakeUpSEBAAHSEC, #CancelAssamBoardExams and #EndTheDilemma to express their disapproval of the decision.
Many students have stated that they need to prepare for other entrance exams and the delay is only making matters worse.
The examinations were scheduled to start on May 12 but were indefinitely postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AHSEC Controller of Examinations Pankaj Borthakur wrote a letter to all the in-charges of examination centres across the state and asked them to scout for more venues to maintain COVID-19 protocols while holding the tests.
"It is for your kind information that Assam Higher Secondary Education Council is going to conduct Higher Secondary Final Examinations, 21 in the month of July/August, 2021," he said in the letter.
Education Minister Ranoj Pegu had on Tuesday held a detailed discussion with several student organisations on holding class 10 and 12 examinations in the backdrop of the cancellation of the examinations by central boards like CBSE in view of the pandemic.
After the meeting, Pegu had said that the class 10 and 12 examinations under the state boards will take place and the Education Department will soon bring out an SOP in consultation with the Health Department for holding the tests in coming months.
"Thanks all for valuable inputs on HSLC and HS Exam. We are aware about all aspects including NEET and JEE, 2021.
Decision will be taken soon taking into consideration all relevant issues," he had tweeted after the meeting.
Meanwhile, the opposition Congress on Monday favoured cancellation of board examinations for the 10th and 12th standards in Assam and urged the state government to take a decision in this regard soon.
Writing a letter to Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Congress President Ripun Bora requested him to immediately formulate a mechanism or an evaluation scheme in order to cope up with CBSE's internal assessment after the cancellation of examinations by the central board.
"This will be only possible by deliberating with eminent educationists, student unions, students themselves and other important stakeholders. Further on that basis, the examinations could be struck down for this year, in order to stop the loss of their extremely precious academic year," Mr Bora added.
Following the CBSE's decision to cancel the class 12 board examination, several states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and more recently West Bengal& Telangana have decided not to conduct the scheduled examinations.
(With inputs from agencies)