Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: In a major announcement, the State School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash has made it clear that the 2021 Matriculation and Plus-II Board examinations in Odisha will be held only in the offline written mode and not online, as and when they are to be conducted.

The decision of the department comes in the wake of the declaration made by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today regarding conduct of Board exams in the offline mode.

“CBSE will conduct the board exams for Classes X and XII next year in the offline or written mode. Following similar guidelines and procedures, exams in Odisha would be conducted. It is not possible to change the pattern of Board exams in Odisha and the exams will be conducted in offline mode. The dates of examinations, however, will be delayed given the current circumstances we are in. But before that we are ensuring classes are held and the syllabi is completed,” said the minister.

On reopening of schools for Classes 9-12, Dash said “The state had earlier decided to resume school activities for students of classes 9 to 12 in November, but we had to reconsider our decision because of the possibilities of a second wave of Covid infection. We are discussing with all the stakeholders to ascertain when it would be feasible to reopen schools. A decision will be taken very soon.”