Bhubaneswar: When the results of the annual Plus II examination are going to be declared this year is a question that is keeping 3.5 lakh students in Odisha anxious.
With lockdown and weekend shutdown interrupting the ongoing evaluation of annual Plus II examination answer scripts, uncertainty continues to cloud the visibility regarding the publication of results.
Though boards like CBSE and ICSE have published the results of Class X and XII recently, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha that conducts the Plus II examination, is yet to complete the evaluation of answer sheets.
According to sources, evaluation has not reached the halfway mark though the process had begun on June 1.
“We want the results to be published soon because we should be ready for admissions by August. It would be immensely helpful for us if the results are published at the earliest, but the lockdown and shutdown have affected the evaluation,” said a student.
Recently, the principal secretary of School and Mass Education department had written to all district collectors, SPs and DCPs to exempt the evaluation centres from the purview of weekend shutdown for uninterrupted evaluation. However, the 14-day complete lockdown in four districts and one municipal corporation area has further affected the evaluation process.
As many as 35 evaluation centres fall under the jurisdiction of Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur and Rourkela Municipal Corporation which are now under a 14-day complete lockdown till July 31 and the evaluation has been suspended.
School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash said the collectors of concerned districts will take a call on the evaluation after assessing the situation.
“About 35 major centres come under the four districts where the 14-day lockdown has been imposed. The collectors of the concerned districts will assess the situation and decide as to how the evaluation process will be taken forward. After the evaluation is over, process will be initiated for publication of results,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, questions are being raised as to why the CHSE is not coming up with an alternative for uninterrupted evaluation of the answer papers.
“Teachers can evaluate the answer sheets from their homes and colleges and it is the best alternative. The CHSE should think over the matter and take decision. The early publication of results will benefit the students,” opined Prabodh Kumar Panda, former deputy controller of examination, CHSE.
Golak Nayak, convenor of State School and College Teachers' Joint Forum said, “Answer sheets should be sent to our homes and we will return the papers after evaluation. The State government did not have faith on the teachers and therefore the evaluation is going on at the centres in this situation. Now, all are concerned as to when the results will be announced.”
(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)