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Pradeep Singh

Amid protests for the cancellation of Class 10 and 12 Board exams in Odisha, the Director of Higher Secondary Education, Bikash Mohapatra, on Saturday hinted at the possibilities of the conduct of the examination in offline mode this year.

Speaking on the sidelines of a virtual meeting, Mohapatra said, "We hope the exams could be conducted in offline mode. The State government will take the decision in this regard. Presently, our focus is on increasing the participation of students in the online teaching mode as the schools are closed. We have also developed appropriate content for the online classes."

He went on to add, “We had a virtual meeting with our DEOs and principals of 17 government Higher Secondary schools over various issues like infrastructure requirement, land alienation and separation. We also discussed on ways to sort out the staff crunch issue in some Higher Secondary schools.”

On the continuation of the on-going online classes in the State, he said an elaborate discussion was held to find ways to attract students where the participation is less and principals have been directed to give special focus on increasing participation of students.

The State School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Dash recently said that Class 10 and 12 students should be ready with their preparations for the Board examinations. "Taking into account the present Covid-19 situation, there are possibilities of holding the Board examinations," he said.

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