Plus Two reforms: Odisha govt yet to implement panel recommendation

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is yet to implement some of the major recommendations of the fact-finding committee set up for reforms in the Plus Two examinations and change in syllabuses.

“The state government is yet to implement some of the major recommendations of the committee. We had recommended introduction of a 100-mark subject on life skill development for the personality development of the students. The government could have introduced the subject in the 2015-16 academic sessions as the committee had submitted its report in March 2014. Though the state government has managed to change the Plus Two syllabuses as per the recommendation of the committee, it has not taken any steps on introduction of other new subjects as recommended by the committee till date,” said Dr Amulya Panda, chairman of the fact-finding committee.

Asked about the delay in the implementation of the recommendations of the committee, Higher Education minister Pradip Panigrahi said the state government is now implementing the recommendations of the committee for restructuring Plus Two syllabuses on the patterns of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) after a thorough review.

“The Higher Education department is also trying to implement other recommendations of the committee in phases,” he added.

It may be mentioned that the state government had formed a fact-finding committee following allegations of faulty evaluation of papers in the annual Plus Two examination in 2014.

The Committee, in its report submitted on March 7 last year, had recommended to the state government a provision to conduct two examinations in Plus Two streams, setting up of a result processing unit of the Council of Higher Education (CHSE) for error-free evaluation of papers, multiple examiners for evaluation of a paper and making life skill development a compulsory subject for the students.