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Rashmi Ranjan

In a bid to strengthen online mode of education amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Odisha government on Thursday launched e-Pathshala and e-Mulyankana systems for students of Class I to X in the State.

School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today held a meeting with all district education officers and directed them to emphasise more on online education and examinations. 

"It is necessary for us to evaluate students who attended classes online. We have developed the system so that we can ascertain what extra can be done to provide education and conduct examinations online. This will help in assessing the students," said the Minister. 

"We are able to reach out to 40 per cent Class X and XII students thorough online classes. Efforts are on to cover more students in future," the Minister added.

Meanwhile, the CBSE today submitted before the Supreme Court its much-awaited evaluation criteria for awarding grades/marks for Class XII exams. 

The Board has told the Supreme Court that the Class XII results will be decided on the basis of performance in Class 10 (30 per cent weightage), Class 11 (30 per cent weightage) and Class 12 (40 per cent weightage).

Notably, the Odisha government has shifted to online mode of education following the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The government has also cancelled the annual Matric and Plus II examinations owing to the present Covid-19 situation in the State.

With the pandemic situation showing slow signs of decrease and threat of a possible third wave of the viral outbreak looming large, the Odisha government had earlier postponed the plus II exams scheduled to be held on May 18 and said that it was waiting and watching the situation.

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