Covid-19 scare: Odisha govt cancels Class X examination

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha government today cancelled the annual Class X examination conducted by Board of Secondary Educationin view of the upsurge in Covid-19 pandemic situation in the state.

Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said on the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik discussions were held with all the stakeholders of the School and Mass Education department.

It was decided that to view the upsurge of the pandemic situation of Covid-19, the Class X examination and all examinations of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education were cancelled.

The Odisha government had earlier postponed the Class X and plus two examination in the state and announced that the examination date would be announced in June after the covid situation improved.

The Class X examination was scheduled to be held from May 3 next and all examinations of the Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education were scheduled to be held from May 19 next.

The government decision came in the wake of protest by class ten students before the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence yesterday and before the Mayurbhanj Collector at Baripada today.

Hundreds of students on Tuesday sat on dharna near the Chief Minister’s residence demanding cancellation of the Class X examination.

They later submitted a memorandum to the Chief minister stating that since the CBSE and ICSE have cancelled the class X examination, the odisha government should also cancel the class ten examination conducted by the BSE.

Today also hundreds of class X students marched to the Collector’s residence in Baripada and tried to barge into the residence of the collector demanding cancellation of the class X examination.

The police dispersed the students and rounded up at least eight students for trying to enter the collector’s residence.

The School and Mass education Minister said now the results of the Class X examination will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board.

Any candidate who will not be satisfied with the marks awarded to him/her will be given an opportunity to sit in an examination as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the examination., he said.

The Minister said the Director,Secondary Education, Odisha, as the president of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education will also take appropriate steps for awarding alternative mode of marks to students who are supposed to appear in Madrasa Board Examination.

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