In the recent cabinet meeting held on November 16, the Assam government announced that the Class 10 and Class 12 boards will merge into one and will be called the Assam State School Education Board (ASSEB). Currently, it is the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) for Class 10 and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) for Class 12, which will now be combined as ASSEB.
The proposal for this merger was earlier announced in June 2023. The decision to merge the board and the council into one single entity has been made to develop, regulate and supervise the standards and quality of school education, an official statement notified.
Meanwhile, to streamline the graduate and postgraduate teacher recruitment process, the Assam Secondary Education (Government Schools) Service (2nd Amendment) Rules, 2023 and the Assam Secondary Education (Provincialised Schools) Service (2nd Amendment) Rules, 2023 have been approved.
The amended rules seek to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a social media post on ‘X’ (earlier known as Twitter).
In our weekly #AssamCabinet meeting, we decided on
👉 A new council for the Khasi & Jaintia community
👉 Land for 3,576 indigenous landless families
👉 New rules to maintain optimum pupil-teacher ratio in schools
👉Uninterrupted supply of food grains during Anna Sewa Saptah pic.twitter.com/HyEaiNlcAa
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) November 16, 2023
Through this, the government aims to ensure optimum utisilisation of manpower for effective academic support to students and prevent adverse effect on academic activities at the secondary level in provincialised and government schools.
Earlier this year, the Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that SEBA will not conduct Class 10 (HSLC) board exams from next academic year and the Class 10 matric exams will be conducted as a class examination. This decision to skip board exams for Class 10 has been taken as the officials believe that the Class 10 exams will not continue to be that significant, in line with the NEP.