Mrunal Manmay Dash

Worried over high dropout rate in the Matric examination, the Odisha government has initiated some preventive measures to deal with the situation ahead of the annual examination beginning in February this year.

In a letter to all the District Education Officers (DEO), the Director of Odisha Secondary Education has asked to submit a list of absentee students in the recently concluded class-10 half-yearly exams.

“You are hereby informed to provide the detail list of class-X students school-wise who have not appeared in the half yearly examination in this academic session i.e. 2023-24. The reason of not appearing in the half yearly examination is to be mentioned,” the letter to the DEOs read.

The Director also asked to furnish the list in the prescribed format in an excel sheet on or before December 9.

As per the then Mass Education Minister Sameer Dash, a total of 13,058 students had dropped out of the 2023 Matric exams.

He had assured to make door-to-door visits and find out why the students chose to drop out and convince them to appear for supplementary exams.

It can be noted that the Annual High School Certificate, Madhyama and State Open School Certificate Examination for 2024 will be simultaneously conducted from 20 February 2024 to 4 March 2024.

The evaluation of answer books will be conducted from 12 March 2024 and will continue for at least 12 days.

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