Matriculate students troubled by examination cancellation

Cuttack/Konark: The sudden cancellation of the matriculation examination has created utter resentment among over five lakh regular candidates and their parents even as the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, authorities have started preparations for conducting the examinations in April. The BSE deferred the examinations yesterday following thefts of question papers of seven subjects from the Bhagwati Vidyapeeth at Bajpur under Kakatpur block in Puri district on Tuesday night.

It was the first such instance in the history of the Board to defer the entire examination to a later date as a follow up action of the theft case. The decision to post-pone the crucial examination has generated palpable tension among lakhs of matriculate students and their parents. The postponement of examination by about 20 days meant that the announcement of the result would be delayed as well. The students feared that the delay in announcement of result might create hurdles for admission into colleges for intermediate and other courses.

On the other hand, the Puri superintendent of police Anup Sahoo today personally went to the Bhagwati Vidyapeeth at Bajpur to investigate the theft case which had taken place on Tuesday night. The Puri SP interrogated the head master of the Bajpur high school in this connection.