Ramakanta Biswas

The uproar against the decision to conduct annual Plus 2 Board examinations continues to intensify in Odisha with each passing day with a section of students on Wednesday holding a demonstration in Bhubaneswar to press for their demand for cancellation of the exam. 

Plus 2 students led by the Chhatra Congress organised the protest near Master Canteen Square in the Capital city. The agitating students demanded cancellation of the annual Plus 2 examination and award of marks on the basis of three quarter-end examinations.     

“We want our examination to be cancelled. As our courses have not been completed, what we will do in the examination,” questioned Arpita Kumari, a student.

“If the government does not cancel the examination, it should allow the conduct of offline classes for one year to finish all our courses so that we can prepare well and appear for both first-year and second-year examinations. If not, we should be awarded marks on the basis of three quarter-end examinations,” she demanded. 

Subhasmita Das, another student, echoed the same demand and said, “The courses of first-year are still incomplete. When the college was opened in the second year for five months, we prepared hard and appeared for three quarterly examinations. It is not possible for us to complete 70 per cent courses in the next two months and appear for the annual examination.” 

Recently, a large number of students led by the Odisha unit of NSUI held protests in front of the official residence of School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Dash demanding cancellation of the Class 12 Board examination.  

Similar protests were also reported from Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Nabarangpur and other parts of the State.