With the Odisha Board yet to announce the dates for the 2021 board examinations, the students scheduled to appear for the exams have been left in the dark. According to media reports, the Board of Secondary Education and the Council of Higher Secondary Education are yet to provide clarification with regard to the dates of the board examinations.
Parents students express concern
Students and parents have expressed their concerns stating that the state government must come up with a plan to conduct the board exams probably by pushing them a few months back considering the situation. Odisha Secondary School Teachers Association Secretary Prakash Chandra Mohanty has stated that the government must take a final decision on the matter of the board exams so that the children and parents can be mentally prepared. He further stated that if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve and the government decides to reopen the schools in January it will not be able to conduct the exams in February or March and has proposed that the exams be conducted in May or June.
Exams usually conducted in February
The Odisha Board examinations are usually conducted for the class 10 and 12 students in February and March and preparations for conducting the exams begin close to three months in advance. Notifications regarding the board exams are usually released by September and a tentative schedule is released by October.
Offline classes required for students
Sonamika Ray headmaster of Capital High School has stated that the students have to attend classes on campus for at least 2 months before appearing for the board exams. School and Mass Education minister Sammir Ranjan Dash has stated that the government will not take any decision which will cause inconvenience for the students. He further added that before conducting the exams the government will make sure that the students get at least two to three months of offline classes.
Online classes conducted for students
Although the government conducts online classes along with other modes like television and radio many of the students have fallen out of the grid in the state due to the current situation. The students in the interior areas of the state and in the tribal areas were unable to attend classes due to the lack of internet connection and access to smartphones. A few of the students from urban areas as well were unable to attend classes since they were unable to afford the mobile data needed for the online classes.