Mrunal Manmay Dash

More than 3.5 lakh students will appear for the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) Plus-2 board examination beginning from tomorrow (March 1, Wednesday) in 1,145 examination centres across Odisha.

The first day will see science students writing exams for Modern Indian Language (MIL) subject.

As many as, 2,19,110 students will appear in the Arts stream, while 91,379 and 23,148 students will appear in the Science and Commerce streams, respectively.

Apart from the 1,145 Centres, the CHSE has also made 202 examination management hubs where the question papers will be kept before being despatched to the exam centres.

As per reports, question papers have already been sent to all the hubs since February 25. Relevant question papers will be sent to the exam centres at 7AM tomorrow as the exams are scheduled to commence from 10 AM.

Speaking on the exams, an examination controller, Ashok Nayak said, “All the questions papers of the first nine days of the exams have already been sent to the hubs. The hubs are under 24-hour CCTV surveillance and police protection.”

“We are fully prepared as per the government guidelines. Our team is on the job to ensure an uneventful conduct of exams," said the Principal of FM Junior College, Pradeep Kumar Rana.

The students are directed by the board to report at their respective centres at 9AM. They will only be allowed to carry the admit card, black ballpoint pen and water bottle inside the centres.

Interestingly, students who had cleared the matriculation without taking offline exams due to Covid restrictions, will be taking their first offline board exams tomorrow. The CHSE exams this year will be conducted as per the old format and with a full syllabus.

“This is a good thing that our teachers have ensured complete preparation for the exams. We are ready to face any question that the board may throw at us from the syllabus,” said a student from Balasore.

Meanwhile, the agitating 662 category teachers have agreed to participate in the Plus II examination management, ending apprehensions of students and parents over the examinations.

The teachers’ association took the decision to put aside their Plus II examination boycott threat after a preliminary-level discussion with the government on Tuesday. However, the association said a token protest will continue at the Lower PMG square in Bhubaneswar till demands are not met.