Bhubaneswar: The students of Plus Two first year heaved a sigh of relief as the Odisha government has decided not to conduct the first year Board examination this year.
A decision was taken at a high level meeting presided over by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat here today.
Briefing media persons after the meeting, School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra said an officers’ level meeting to this effect was held earlier and a joint meeting was held today in the presence of Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, Secretary, Small & Medium Industries, Principal Secretary, Higher Education and Higher Education minister Pradip Panigrahi.
“Considering that the students have less time to prepare themselves for the examination, it was unanimously decided that there will be no Board examination for the students of Plus Two first year students in the state this year. The state government, after a wider consultation on various aspects will fix the modality and process to conduct the Board examination next year.
Notably, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) had earlier submitted a report to the School and Mass Education department in favour of conducting the annual Board examination of the Plus Two first year.
The Council had also prepared a roadmap to conduct the examination in the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) pattern.
As per the recommendation of the CHSE Examination Committee, the examination pattern would be of multiple choice type in which the students will answer 50 marks of multiple choice questions on the OMR sheet for which they will be given one hour’s time. The prime objective of the examination is to force the students to appear in the annual first year examination which they were skipping previously.