Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the below-par performances of students in Plus-II examinations, School and Mass Education department in Odisha has come up with a big announcement which could jolt the irregular students. As per reports, if a student fails in the first year exams, s/he will not be promoted to the second year. The students will have to qualify with 33 per cent marks in the examination.

This was revealed by State School & Mass Education Minister Sameer Dash today.

Speaking to media persons, Dash said, "The first-year students of Plus-II students will not be promoted to the second year if they score less than 33 per cent marks in the annual examination."

In case a student fails to clear the exams with the required percentage, the Board will give another chance to clear the backlogs.

"Students will have another chance to clear their backlogs if any. If someone fails in the first examination from February 15 to 29, remedial classes would be conducted for them and the second clearance exam will be held in May-end," the minister said.

It is pertinent to mention that so far first-year examination was considered a mock test wherein a student had to just appear in the examination to be considered qualified to jump to the second year.