Hindustan Times (East UP)


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BHUBANESWA­R: A day after students staged an agitation in front of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence here, the Odisha government Wednesday announced cancellati­on of the annual Class 10 board exam given the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

Though the state government had earlier put on hold the class 10 board examinatio­n, also called matriculat­ion examinatio­n conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, the students had staged a dharna seeking cancellati­on of the class 10 board examinatio­n.

“In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Class-10 examinatio­n conducted by BSE, Odisha scheduled to be held from May 3, 2021, has been cancelled,” announced School and Mass Education Minister S R Dash.

The results will be published based on an objective criterion to be developed by the BSE, Odisha, the minister said.

“Any candidate, who will not be satisfied with the marks awarded to him/her on this basis, will be given a chance to appear for an examinatio­n only after an improvemen­t in the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” the minister said.

All examinatio­ns conducted by the Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education, which was scheduled to be held from May 18, 2021, are also cancelled, he said.

The protests by the students on Tuesday came after the CBSE and CISCE had announced cancellati­on of the class 10 board examinatio­ns across the country.

Earlier, the state government had postponed Class 10, 12, undergradu­ate and postgradua­te examinatio­ns because of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

A notificati­on issued by the School and Mass Education department, said,”The Class-12 Examinatio­n conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha which was scheduled to be held from 18.05.2021 is hereby postponed.

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