Odisha Cancels Annual HSC Matric Exams 2021

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha School and Mass Education Minister on Wednesday cancelled the annual HSC Matric examinations.

As per the directions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, discussions were held with all stakeholders of School & Mass Education Department.

“In view of the upsurge of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Class-X examination conducted by BSE, Odisha scheduled to be held from May 3, 2021 and all examinations of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education scheduled to be held from May 18  have been cancelled,” said School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today.

“The results of the Class X Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board.

Any candidate, who will not be satisfied with the marks awarded to him/her on this basis, will be given an opportunity to sit in examination as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the examination.

The Director, Secondary Education, Odisha as the President of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education will also take appropriate steps for awarding alternate mode of marks to the students who are supposed to appear in Madrasa Board examination, ” said the Minister.

He further state that the Class-XII Examination conducted by CHSE, Odisha which was scheduled to be held from 18.05.2021 has been postponed. The examination will be held once the COVID-19 situation improves. The situation will be reviewed in the first week of June 2021 by the Govemment and CHSE for the conduct of examination and at least 15 days’ time will be given before the start of the examination.

The Minister has also said that the students who are at present studying in Class-IX and Class-XI (Academic year 2020-21) are promoted to Class-X and Class-XII respectively and they would not have to sit in for any examination for getting Gass promotion.

“The ongoing classes for students of Class-X and Class-XII for the Academic year 2020- 21 are suspended from 19.04.2021 and the schools will be closed so far teaching activities are concerned. However, online classes may be conducted wherever feasible. All hostels shall also remain close with effect from 19.04.2021. No students shall be allowed to stay in hostels under any circumstances.

This will be applicable to all institutions Government, Government Aided and Private schools, affiliated to BSE/ CHSE, Odisha and all Boards of Odisha. All English medium schools affiliated to CBSE and the OAVS will be guided by the instructions issued by CBSE dated 14.04.2021 and they are instructed to close the schools as well as hostels with effect from 19.04.2021, ” he added.

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