GUWAHATI: The Higher Secondary (HS) exams in Assam began with the English paper held across 876 centres statewide on Monday.
Approximately 2,80,216 students are appearing for the Class 12 exams.
Offering words of encouragement, the state’s Education Minister, Ranoj Pegu, highlighted the importance of discipline and sincerity among government officers and teachers tasked with overseeing the examination process.
“I earnestly urge all parents, guardians, and citizens to extend their cooperation to ensure the seamless conduct of these examinations,” he told the press.
Taking to social media platforms, Pegu extended his best wishes to the examinees, urging them to give their “best shot” and stay focused throughout the examination period.
“Best wishes to all the students appearing for the Higher Secondary (HS) Final Examinations 2024, starting tomorrow! Your hard work and dedication will surely pave the way for success. Stay focused, stay confident, and give it your best shot! You’ve got this. Good Luck!” Pegu’s post read.
Echoing sentiments of support, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also expressed warm wishes to the examinees, recognising the exams as a crucial “stepping stone” towards their future endeavours.
Through a micro-blogging website, Chief Minister Sarma highlighted the significance of approaching the examinations with sincerity and a relaxed state of mind.
In 2023, the Assam Class 12 exams were held from February 20 to March 20.
Among the four streams – Arts, Commerce, Science, and Vocational – the Science stream emerged as the frontrunner, boasting an outstanding pass percentage of 84.96%.
Notably, in a move to streamline secondary education management, the Assam Legislative Assembly had passed the Assam State School Education Board Bill during its ongoing Budget session on February 7.
The bill, which proposes the merger of the state boards responsible for conducting Class 10th and 12th examinations into a unified entity, to form the new Assam State School Education Board (ASSEB).
The move comes close on the heels of two question papers leak during the Class 10 board examinations conducted by SEBA in 2023.