Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Thursday granted permission to the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) to undertake evaluation of annual Plus-II examination answer scripts during lockdown period while following COVID19 guidelines.

Concerns have been raised over the timely publication of results as evaluation of answer sheets has been badly affected due to COVID19 induced lockdowns.

Though the School and Mass Education Department has previously set July-end deadline to publish the results, later School & Mass Education minister, Samir Dash had expressed doubts over meeting the deadline after the State government re-enforced 14-day complete lockdown in four high caseload-districts-Cuttack, Khurda, Gajam and Jajpur and Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC).

“There are 35 major Plus II evaluation centres in the 4 districts and Rourkela city where the government has imposed a 14-day lockdown in wake of rising COVID19 cases. Due to restrictions, evaluation may suffer,” Dash had said.

The department had written to all district collectors to exempt the evaluation centres from the purview of lockdown.

Since exams of several papers were cancelled in the wake of COVID19 pandemic, the government has announced that in case a student has appeared exams in 5 subjects, his average mark will be decided based on his top 3 scores, while if a student has managed to sit for 4 papers, his average will be calculated from the top 2 scores.

If the students are not happy with their marks, they can appear for improvement examination after the COVID19 crisis.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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