Pradeep Pattanayak

Tension prevailed on the premises of Panikoili Government School in Jajpur district, where the exam for the National Means cum Merit Scholarship 2023 (NMMS) was held, after the parents of the examinees created ruckus, alleging ‘discrepancies’ in question papers. 

As per the report, around 300 students appeared the exam. The first sitting of the examinations passed off peacefully. But the trouble cropped up in the second sitting when the authorities of the exam came to know that question papers meant for mental ability test (MAT) were wrongly provided for scholastic aptitude test (SAT).  

Sore over the discrepancies, guardians of examinees who were waiting for them outside the school created din over the issue and staged a dharna demanding cancellation of the examination. 

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However, following the direction of the district education officer (DEO), the students were told to wait for right questions. Students were allegedly made to wait for three hours and this enraged their parents. 

A police team from Panikoili police station and Korei block development officer (BDO) rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the agitating parents. Considering inordinate delay in arrival question papers, the authorities announced cancellation of the exam.  

Notably, the Odisha State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) conducts the NMMS examination every year to award scholarship to meritorious students. The students after clearing the exam are entitled to a monthly assistance of Rs 12,000.

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