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State Suspends Board Exams

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the health and safety of students in the current Carona epidemic, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered the suspension of all tenth and twelfth board examinations in the state.

Mr.Patnaik made the announcement after reviewing the coronavirus situation in Odisha, where active cases have surpassed the 14,000-mark.

Accordingly, the Class XII examination, which is scheduled to start on May 19, 21, has been postponed by the State Council for Higher Education. The decision on the test will be made once the Covid-16 situation improves. In the first week of June 2021, the state government and the Council for Higher Education will review the examination and the next decision will be made to give the students the appropriate time, said a release from the office of the chief minister.

The next Class X examination to be held on May 3 this year by the State Board of Secondary Education has also been postponed. The decision on the test will be made once the epidemic situation improves, sources in Chief Minister’s office said.

All students in the ninth and eleventh grades will be admitted to the tenth and twelfth grades in the academic year 2020-21, respectively. They don’t have to take any tests for this.

At present, the Chief Minister has directed that all classes in Class X and XII of the academic year 2020-21 be closed from August 19. No educational programmes can be held at the school at this time.

The decision will apply to all government, government-funded and private schools in the state affiliated with the Odisha State Board of Secondary Education and the Odisha Adarsh Vidyalaya organization.

Similarly, the CBSE has issued a directive from April 18 for all English medium schools in the state affiliated with CBSE and Odisha Adarsh Vidyalaya. All English medium schools and hostels run by them in the state will be closed from April 18.