Pradeep Singh

While a section of students in Odisha continue to demand cancellation of Class 10 and 12 exams, several students have urged the State government to announce the exam dates without any further delay.

Though the students welcome the school reopening decision of the State government, they also expressed their anxiety over delay in declaration of offline board exam dates.

The students also urged the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) and the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) to clear the air on the exam dates at the earliest.

"The government should announce whether it will conduct the exams in March or April. We need time for preparation and it will be immense help for us if the dates are announced much ahead of the exams," said a Class 10 student, Adarsh Hota.

What will the students write in exam without preparation? Delay in exam date announcement will only add to the problems of students, he added.

A Class 12 student Dinesh Raj Aditya Sahoo expressed concerns over non-completion of syllabus and said, "We will welcome whatever decision the State government takes in our interest but early announcement of exam dates will definitely help us."

The BSE and the CHSE usually hold the Class 10 and Class 12 exams in the month of February and March respectively. However, the exam cancellation demand and no decision from the government till date seem to have pushed the students into a dilemma.

Extending support to the students, educationist Amiya Mohanty said that delay in exams will create problems for students while appearing for entrance exams and during admissions.

“Without any further delay, the government should announce the dates within the next 2-3 days,” said Mohanty.

Meanwhile, the State School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash said that instructions have already been given to BSE and CHSE and the board exams will be conducted accordingly.