Odisha Cancels Class 10 Exam Due to Covid-19 Resurgence

The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Odisha has cancelled the annual HSC Matric exam due to the Covid-19 situation. The State government had earlier announced the suspension of Class 10, 12, all undergraduate and postgraduate examinations. However, amid widespread protests from students, the Board has now decided to cancel the Class 10 exam.

Students were irked due to the lack of clarity around the exams and protested in large numbers outside Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence yesterday.

“As per the directions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, discussions were held with all the stakeholders of the School & Mass Education Department and keeping in view of the upsurge of the pandemic situation of Covid-19, the Class 10 Examination conducted by BSE, Odisha scheduled to be held from May 3 and all Examinations of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education scheduled to be held from May 19 are hereby cancelled,” said Dash.

“The results of Class X Board will be prepared based on an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks awarded on this basis will be allowed to appear in an examination as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the examination,” he added.

The Minister went on to say that Director Secondary Education, Odisha as the President of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education will take appropriate steps to award alternate modes of marks to the students who are supposed to appear in Madrasa Board Examination.

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