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Saswat Singhdeo

Mayurbhanj: Revealing serious lapses in the conduct of matriculation examinations, the State Open School Certificate (SOSC) examination at Bijatala High School centre in Mayurbhanj was reportedly conducted in the evening hours on Wednesday following delay in arrival of question papers. The SOSC examination is conducted by Board of Secondary Education(BSE) in Odisha.

As per reports, the examination which was scheduled to be conducted from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM was postponed to 6 PM and ended at 8:30 PM. According to the examination centre superintendent, students were supposed to appear for the english language paper but the sealed packets of question papers were that of MIL(Odia) language.

Later, copies of the english paper were printed and the examination was conducted. When asked about the matter, Block Education Officer(BEO) of Bijatala said that he didn't have any information regarding the incident. No comments could be obtained from any BSE officials regarding the incident.

Similarly, 25 students out of 238 at Dwarikanath Government High School centre under Morada block of Mayurbhanj failed to write the examination due to shortage of english question papers. Later, all the students staged a protest at the centre for several hours but it was alleged that no steps were taken to resolve the issue.

Earlier on Wednesday, the question paper of MIL (Odia) was reportedly found circulating on mobile platforms on the first day of the Board examinations in Odisha.

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