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State Cancels Plus II Examination

Bhubaneswar: Following the cancelation of Class-XII CBSE examinations, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced cancelation of annual Plus II examination conducted by Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE).

The State Government has cancelled the examination in view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID-19 pandemic and feedback received from various stakeholders. Earlier, the State has cancelled the annual matriculation exam being conducted by Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha.

CM said students’ life is more important than exam. “The second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has now created an unfortunate situation across the country. Children’s education and people’s livelihoods have been the most affected. However, above all, keeping everyone safe in this pandemic is most important. Therefore, the Plus II exams conducted by CHSE have been cancelled this year,” Mr.Patnaik said.

“First comes life, other things come thereafter. The society and civilisation will move forward if life is protected,” the Chief Minister said.

Students, parents, teachers and all other stakeholders would have to face a lot of trouble if the board examinations were conducted in this condition, he said.

He asked the CHSE to consult experts for recommendations and take steps to compile results of Plus II students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.

If a student will not be satisfied with the evaluation, he/she can appear in the exams. And, CHSE will take a call on conducting the same, after reviewing the COVID situation, he pointed out.

On Thursday, State School and Mass Education Minister Sameer Ranjan Dash had a meeting with top officials to discuss all aspects of the Plus II exam cancellation.

Earlier, along with the CBSE and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) had cancelled the Class XII board exams. Several states including Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra had also cancelled Class XII board examinations in their States.