Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Is Odisha government really serious about the future of its students? The authorities concerned may reply in positive, but parents allege that even though ‘irregularities’ like question papers going viral were reported last year, the exam conducting body in the State is not learning from the mistakes putting the future of students at stake.

A case in point is the recent allegations from the home district of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik regarding errors in the admit cards of Class-X students.

As per reports, lapses have been found in the admit cards of as many as 72 students of Takarada Sahid High School under Sheragada block in the district. Several admit cards of the students are reportedly carrying photographs of other candidates.

“My admit card has a photo of some other student. I have informed my teacher about the error,” said a student of the school, Pooja Naik.

Another student, Badri Narayan Sarangi said, “My name and signature is right but the photo is of someone else. The same problem is with several of my friends.”

“We had met the deputy secretary yesterday over the matter. He had asked us to apprise him after receiving the physical copy of the admit card. As we have now received it, we are trying to contact him and sort the matter as soon as possible,” said Headmaster of the school, Abhimanyu Pradhan.

However, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) secretary, Srikant Kumar Tarai said, “As per the filled-up application forms, the admit cards have been sent. We had received such errors earlier and have already made necessary corrections.”

Responding to the allegations, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash said no student will face any problem in appearing for the exams. “All the problems will be sorted out and the examination will be conducted smoothly,” he said.