Odisha Board exam: Odisha govt postpones all board exams till May 31

BHUBANESWAR: Ending all speculations, the Odisha government on Thursday postponed class X (matric) and Class XII (plus two) board exams due to the steady rise in covid-19 cases in the state. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the board exams in the state have been postponed in view of the safety of the students during the corona pandemic.

The class X and Class XII board exams to be conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) and Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) were scheduled on May 3 and May 18 respectively. The decision regarding the fresh exam dates will be taken once the Covid-19 situation improves. “The state government and the CHSE will review the Covid-19 situation in the first week of June and will decide the next date for the exam. Students will get enough time to prepare for the examinations” said an official statement issued by the chief minister’s office.

The decision to postpone board exams was taken a day after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) cancelled its class X and postponed class XII board exams across the country due to the unprecedented rise in fresh Covid-19 cases.

Besides, the government also cancelled the annual examination for class IX and XI students and all the students will be promoted to class X and XII without appearing in the final examinations. The government had announced the closure of physical classes for class IX and XI students from April 8 till April 30.

The chief minister also asked to close down all reopened schools and hostels for classes X and XII across the state will be closed from April 19. No academic work will be undertaken in the educational institutes till further orders, the CM’s order said.

These orders will be implemented in all schools under the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha Adarsh Vidyalaya Sangathan, government and non-aided, and private schools in the state. Similarly, the CBSE’s notification on board exams will be applicable to all schools affiliated to the central board and all Adarsh Vidyalayas.

School and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash said, “The health and safety of children have been given utmost importance. During the second corona wave, the infection is spreading fast and youths are also getting affected in large numbers. If the covid-19 situation improves then children will be able to sit for the exam again. But now saving lives is the priority.”

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