Pradeep Pattanayak

The matric summative assessment-1 examination of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, will start from tomorrow. For the first time, students are going to sit for the matriculation examination of a different format. 

School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash on Tuesday informed that the district administrations are well prepared to conduct the examination in their respective districts. “The exam will begin tomorrow and preparations are already in place for its’ smooth conduct,” Das said. 

“At present, there are fears and apprehensions about the emerging Covid-19 third wave. We pray to Lord Jagannath and hope the third wave should not visit us. Even if it happens, the importance and benefits of holding summative examinations could be realised then only,” Dash added. 

About the advantages of this new format, the Minister said it will help boost self confidence among the students. After the exams, when the students get their results they will be able to find out where they went wrong. This will help them rectify their mistakes and accordingly, they can prepare themselves for the second part of the examination (summative assessment II), he said. 

It is worth mentioning here that in the backdrop of the increasing Covid-19 cases last year, the government had to cancel the matric examinations and marks were evaluated through special criteria. Besides this, there was also delay in publishing the results. Again, offline examinations had to be conducted for unsatisfied students.

To do away with a similar situation, students will appear two summative examinations in a year from this year onwards.