The Board of Secondary Education (SEBA) in Assam has recently decided to withdraw affiliation from 105 private/venture schools with effect from March 31, 2023. As a result of this decision, these schools will not be able to register any students of class IX with effect from April 1, 2023.
The move by SEBA comes after these schools failed to provide reasons for the show cause notices issued to them by the board last June and July of last year regarding dismal performances in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Assam High Madrassa Examinations, 2022.
Failure to provide reasons for show cause notices leads to de-affiliation
SEBA had issued show cause notices on June 28 and July 11 last year to 294 private venture schools, asking why their affiliation to SEBA should not be cancelled. Out of these schools, 107 private/venture schools did not respond to the show cause notices, according to an official notification from SEBA.
The remaining 187 schools that replied to the notices informed SEBA that they would improve their results in the HSLC exam in 2023. Following this, the board decided to give them one more chance.
Dismal performance of schools affecting overall pass percentage of state
For the 105 schools that did not respond to the show cause notices, the board has assumed that the school authorities have no interest in improving their results. They also opined that the dismal results of these types of schools are affecting the overall pass percentage of the state and thus their affiliation should be withdrawn with immediate effect.
SEBA’s decision to withdraw affiliation from these schools has been welcomed by many educationists and stakeholders who believe that such measures are necessary to improve the quality of education in the state.
District-wise break-up of de-affiliated schools
The district-wise break-up of the 105 de-affiliated schools is as follows – one each in Charaideo, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Nalbari, and Chirang; two each in Goalpara, Hojai, Majuli, and Udalguri; three each in Baksa, Cachar, Biswanath, West Karbi Anglong, Karbi Anglong, and Nagaon; four each in Dhubri, Barpeta, Dima Hasao, Sivasagar, Kamrup, and Morigaon; five each in Bongaigaon, Jorhat, and Sonitpur; six each in Golaghat and Kamrup (M); seven in Dibrugarh; eight in Kokrajhar and nine in Tinsukia.
Mixed reactions from stakeholders
While some stakeholders have welcomed SEBA’s decision, others have expressed concern about the fate of the students who are currently enrolled in these schools. They argue that the students should not be made to suffer for the mistakes of their schools’ authorities.
SEBA has responded to such concerns by stating that the de-affiliation will not affect the students who are currently enrolled in these schools. However, they will not be allowed to register any new students from the next academic session.
SEBA has also reiterated its commitment to improving the quality of education in the state. In a statement, the board said, “SEBA is committed to ensuring that all affiliated schools provide quality education to their students. We will take all necessary steps to ensure that the standards of education in the state are improved.”
Warning to all affiliated schools to improve performance
Meanwhile, SEBA has stated that it is committed to improving the quality of education in the state and will take all necessary steps to ensure that the students receive quality education. The board has also warned all the affiliated schools to improve their performance, failing which they may face similar consequences.
The withdrawal of affiliation from these schools will have a significant impact on the education sector in the state. It remains to be seen how the government and other stakeholders will respond to this development and what measures they will take to ensure that the students do not suffer due to this decision.