School and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash advised them to wait till the first week of June for a decision and to focus on their studies till then.
“If Class X students are vulnerable to Covid, are we Covid-proof? Why should we be left in such uncertainty for two months? Is the government sure that the situation will improve by them and an offline exam will be possible? We want the government to cancel the Class XII exam,” said Santosh Kumar Swain, a student of Maharshi College of Natural Law.
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The higher secondary (Plus II) exam to be conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) was to be held from May 18. However, the government postponed a decision on it till the first week of June.
“We could not complete offline classes for 100 days due to the rise in Covid cases. Online classes are not possible for many students. In such a situation, how can we appear for the exam? In the peak of summer, how will we sit for three hours wearing masks in exam halls?” asked Rashmi Rekha Sahu, another student.
Minister Dash said, “The state government did not want to cancel the Class X exam. Many students are not happy about the cancellation. My advice to the Class XII students is that they should wait till June for a decision.”
Educationists said cancelling exams is not a solution. “Higher secondary is crucial as its marks are required for admission in colleges and selection of future trade and subject. The career of students depends on the Class XII marks,” said Basudev Chhatoi, former chairman of CHSE.