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Vikash Sharma

Days after some students hit the streets in Bhubaneswar demanding cancellation of the Class 12 exams (or Plus II examination), a group of students on Monday staged a peaceful protest to throw weight behind the conduct the crucial Board Examination.

Scores of students from various Higher Secondary schools congregated at the Master Canteen Square in the Capital city to press their demand for the conduct of the Board Examination. The protesting students said that they are prepared for the Board Examination which should be conducted at any cost as “it is directly linked to their future.”

“We have gathered here to demand for the conduct of the Board exam, be it in offline or online mode. Our future will be uncertain if the examination is not held,” said Itishya Ray, a second year student from BJB College in Bhubaneswar.

Ray further said only the students who have not prepared themselves for the exams are demanding for cancellation.

Sherina Seikh, another student, said, “This is not a protest, rather it is a peaceful demonstration to press for the conduct of the Board Examination. Though the government is yet to make any announcement, we had to come out and stand in solidarity to show that we are ready for the examination.”

Sherina said already around 80 per cent of their course has been completed and there is ample time to cover the remaining syllabus. The students claimed that the Board exam is the only medium to judge the calibre of the students. They do not want any cancellation of the examination as the Covid-19 situation has already started improving in the State.

Earlier on January 27, thousands of students had staged a protest at Master Canteen square demanding the cancellation of Plus 2 board exams in view of the Covid-19 situation.

The students alleged that the State government is playing with their future by conducting the exam even though their syllabus has not been completed. The students claimed that even the 70 per cent syllabus which was needed to be covered ahead of the exams, is still to be completed.

“Classes were conducted for hardly one and a half months. How can the one-year course be completed in one or two months” asked a protesting student.

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