Assam Board Exams 2021 Latest Update: Making a major announcement on Assam Board Exams 2021, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that the state board examinations for classes 10 and 12 will be held from July 15, but the condition is the COVID-19 positivity rate needs to go below two per cent. The current positivity rate in the state is 3.24 per cent. Also Read - CBSE, CISCE Class 12 Evaluation Criteria: Students Express Resentment on Twitter; Call it Unfair, Surprising

Giving further details, the chief minister said that over the past few days, a series of meetings were held by the education department with guardians, students’ organisations and other stakeholders and they are in favour of holding the examinations. Also Read - CBSE, ICSE 12th Result 2021: 30:30:40 Formula For CBSE Class 12 Exam; Hearing on State Boards Plea on June 21 | SC Hearing Highlights

“The schedule for the examinations will be announced within the next few days but with the rider that the positivity rate in the state comes down to less than two per cent,” he said. Also Read - Haryana School Reopening 2021: Will Classes Resume in Phased Manner After June 30? Latest Updates Students Must Know 

The statement from the chief minister comes at a time when several states have cancelled their board examinations amid the Covid-19 pandemic after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided not to hold its class 12 exam.

He also added that the examinations will be held for one or two days with strict compliance of Covid protocols and the question papers will be of objective type.

“The matric (class 10) and the higher secondary examinations are important as several empowering schemes like handing laptops and scooties are linked to these examinations,” he said.

The chief minister also made it clear that if the positivity rate is above two per cent on July 1, the board examinations will be cancelled as the state cannot take risk with the lives of students.

“If the examinations are cancelled, schools will be directed to conduct the evaluation for which the modalities will be worked out and Education Minister Ranoj Pegu will announce it accordingly,” he said.

The High School Leaving Certificate examination for Class 10, held by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, and the Class 12 final examination conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, were scheduled to start in May.