Pradeep Singh

Thousands of students on Thursday took out a rally at the Master Canteen Square in Bhubaneswar demanding cancellation of Plus 2 board exams in view of the present Covid-19 situation.

Students alleged that the government is playing with their future by conducting the exam even though the courses have not been completed.

“Our courses are yet to be completed but the government wants to hold the exam, it simply means they want to ruin our future. If shopping malls and bars could be opened during Covid restriction, why couldn’t schools and colleges,” asked a student.

Another student asked as to why the government is hell bent to conduct the exam in offline mode when the classes were taken in online mode. “We want complete cancellation of the Plus 2 exam,” said the student.

“Reduction in syllabus is not the solution for us as it will not help us in future. Even the 70 per cent syllabus that was needed to be over ahead of the exam, it is yet to be completed. Classes were conducted for hardly one and a half months. One-year course can never be completed in one or two months,” rued another student.

The protesting students also demanded that the Council of Higher Secondary Education and the Odisha government should announce their Plus 2 board exam result as per their marks in the quarterly exam conducted by their colleges.

Recently, the State School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Dash has already said that Class 10 and 12 students should to be ready with their preparations for the Board examinations .