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State Matriculation results by month-end

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The results of Annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations-2012 in the state are expected to be declared by the end of this month, official sources said. The work is almost complete and the results of the matriculation examinations conducted by Board of Secondary Education (BSE) would be out before June 30, School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena said. Efforts are on to declare the results anytime after June 27, he said.

Meanwhile, BSE officials at Cuttack also confirmed that the results of the examination held in March-April this eyar would be published before June 30 as announced earlier. The tabulation of the results is over and all arrangements to declare the same are in final stage, said a BSE official. This year`s matriculation examination was mired in controversy when it was found that some question papers of Regular stream were stolen from a centre after examinations began in the third week of March.

Beginning from March 19 and scheduled to end on March 31, the examination for Regular students was suspended on March 21 after the question paper theft case came to light. A total of seven papers of the examination was again rescheduled which began on April 17 and ended in over 2000-odd examination centres on April 26.

Although, a little over 4.5 lakh students appeared in the examination, more than 6000 of them were booked for malpractices as they were found resorting to unfair means during the examination. Similarly, action was taken against at least a dozen of teachers and two centre superintendents for dereliction of duties during the time of the examination.

The controversies did not end there. The Board and the State government came under lot of criticism as the answer sheets were evaluated under candle and torch lights at some centres while in some other centres, the evaluators complained of difficulties in evaluating the answer sheets as they were drenched in rain waters and illegible.

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