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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Amid the ongoing fight against the novel-coronavirus, Odisha government on Tuesday informed that students from class I to VIII will soon get doorstep delivery of their textbooks.

Informing about the same, the State School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Das today said that the textbooks of class I to VIII have already reached blocks and schools and it will be ensured that the books are delivered to the students by April 25.

"The textbooks of Class-I to VIII have already been sent to all the schools in Puri, where the doorstep delivery will be implemented first and then other districts will follow the suit soon. The Puri district Collector and the District Education Officer (DEO) will ensure delivery of the books to the students before April 25," said Das.

Though the class IX exams have concluded, the evaluation process is yet to begin. Evaluation of answer sheets of class X and XII exams will start after the nationwide lockdown ends on May 3, informed Das.

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"We are planning to send the answer sheets to homes of evaluators, but the government is yet to take a decision in this regard. Also, plans are afoot for online teaching for class IX and X students through DIKSHA App. However, the online teaching process will take some time to start," said Das.

Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered closure of all schools and colleges in the State till June 17. The State government also announced that the students of classes I to IX and XI will be promoted to the next class sans exams.

On the other hand, Class-X textbooks in Odisha for 2020-21 academic session has been changed. The Board of Secondary Education-Odisha secretary today informed about the change of books in eight subjects and said that the textbooks will be provided to students after the coronavirus lockdown ends on May 3.

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