Pradeep Pattanayak

The Odisha School and Mass Education department has put special arrangements in place to check malpractice during Matric examinations. 

According to School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash, special squads have been formed and they will pay surprise visits to the schools during the examination. 

“Our department has sought the help of the district administrations for the smooth conduct of the examination. People have specially been appointed to take question papers from the examination hubs to the exam centres. I believe the examination will end peacefully,” said Dash.

“My advice to the students is that this is not the last examination of their lives. Rather, it is the first one of their lives. So they shouldn’t be under any pressure,” he added. 

He also informed that he has directed to install as many CCTV cameras as possible at the centres. 

Notably, the examination is all set to start on March 10 and will continue till March 17. 

At the same time, vice president of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, Nihar Ranjan Mohanty on Monday informed about the arrangements in place to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination. 

“Keeping the scorching summer in view, the Chief Secretary has directed the Electricity department that there shouldn’t be power cuts during the entire examination. Mobile phones have been banned during the examination too. Students have been asked to deposit their mobile phones with the centre superintendents. If anyone is found carrying his/her mobile phone, action as per the Odisha Conduct of Examination Act, 1988 will be taken against them. As per the timeline we have given, question papers from nodal centres should reach the Centre Superintendents between 6 am and 7 am,” informed Mohanty. 

He also informed that nodal centres have been set up at 22 police stations. The question paper packets will be opened in front of the students. This year, the results will be published in a new system. The result will be published on the basis of 40 percent weightage of SA-1 and SA-2 and 20 percent of the Internal Assessment.

(Reported by Jagdish Das and Debasish Mohanty, OTV)