GUWAHATI: Amid uncertainty over commencement of classes in the schools anytime soon due the countrywide lock-down, the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) has launched streaming of classroom teaching through YouTube for the class X students this week.

Controller of examinations at SEBA, Nayan Jyoti Sarmah told TOI that the initiative taken by the state education board, with support from SIQUES EDUAID LLP data centre, will also help the CBSE students since the curriculum in both CBSE and state board affiliated schools are based on the NCERT curriculum, barring the literature and social science subjects. SEBA officials said that one has to type “SEBA” and send a WhatsApp text to 9477994779 to directly get the YouTube link.

“We have made the course contents available on YouTube so that the students, who have already started preparing for next year’s Class 10 board examination, do not lag behind due to the lock-down. The students can learn the Class 10 lessons phase-wise, if they click the proper link. The course contents and lessons are available in Assamese and English- the two most preferred mediums. It is also being made available in the Bodo medium and prepared by using the 3 D technology and students will enjoy these,” said Sarmah.

He added that the course contents have been carefully reviewed by the SEBA experts so that the lessons imparted through the YouTube platform remain strictly based on the prescribed syllabus.

“Our initial plan was different. It was planned to make the course contents available in the same way in which it’s made available by the online tutoring apps. But, considering the urgent needs of the students, especially those who stepped in Class X, it was decided to make the course contents available on YouTube immediately,” Sarmah said.

Even as the school heads have created WhatsApp groups in most schools in Assam to teach the lessons online during the lock-down period, it is yet to cover a large chunk of the school students who are not available on the popular instant messaging app. The plight of the Class X students is worrying them. Over four lakh students have been appearing in the Class X state board examination conducted by SEBA annually.

Unlike many other states in the country where the students from standard 1-9 are being granted “automatic promotion to the next higher class” without exams in wake of the prolonged corona crisis, final exams in the schools of Assam were held in the month of December last year. Though the classes of the Class X students were going on in full swing, the corona outbreak compelled the state government to stop classes in the schools of Assam from mid-March.

Despite all the difficulties, SEBA, however, could complete the evaluation of the answer scripts of this year’s Class X state board exam. Sarmah said that less than 20 percent result-related works are pending.

“We are not much worried about the declaration of the results of the Class 10 state board exam held this year, because the evaluation of the answer scripts has already been completed. But, the lock-down imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus should not have an impact on the preparation of those students who are about to appear in the first major examination of their life next year,” he added.

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