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Odisha 10th, 12th Exams 2021: No plans to reschedule Matric, Plus II board exams, says education minister

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BHUBANESWAR: School and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Friday put an end to all speculations related to rescheduling of Matric and Plus II board examinations. He clarified that these examinations will be conducted according to the schedule.

The minister said they will not disturb the children and hold the examinations according to the schedule. “We have increased the number of examination centres to maintain social distancing between students in the examination halls. We are also taking all precautions to keep Covid at bay. I don’t think any problem will occur,” he added.

Susanta Palai, a class X student from Ganjam, said some social media messages regarding board examination create confusion in his mind. “The uncertainty over the examination should not be there as we are preparing for the test. Thankfully, the minister cleared the air from the speculation,” he added.

The high school certificate (HSC) or matric board examination will start from May 3 and continue till May 15. Around 6.5 lakh students may sit for the board examination this year.

Board of Secondary Education (BSE), which is holding the examination, said students will appear for HSC examination in their own schools instead of other schools like previous years. The invigilators will be from other schools, it added.

This time, the department has already reduced 30 per cent of the course curriculum. Besides, the students will have to appear for the examination for 80 marks of questions, while the evaluation will be done from a total of 100 marks. The students will answer 50 marks (objective type questions) in OMR sheets, while they will answer another 30 marks (subjective type questions) in question-cum-answer booklet.

Plus II board theory examination conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) will start from May 18 and continue till June 12. Around 3.5 lakh students will write the examination this year. Practical examination will start from April 29 and continue till May 8, sources said.

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