New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Amid the growing calls by the students to cancel the board exams in Odisha, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha on Wednesday cancelled the class 10th board exams 2021 across all schools in the state in wake of the surge in coronavirus cases in the country. The class 10 board examination was scheduled to be held from May 3, 2021. 

The decision came a day after a large number of students on Tuesday staged a protest in front of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's residence seeking cancellation of the annual matriculation (class 10) examination conducted by the Odisha board in view of the COVID-19 situation.  

Samir Ranjan Dash, Minister School & Mass Education, Odisha said that the government has also cancelled all the examination of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education scheduled to be held from May 19. The results of the class 10 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 an examination as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the examination," he added.

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 the Madrasa Board Examination.

Meanwhile, the class 12 board examination conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha is postponed. The examination will be held once the COVID-19 situation improves. Odisha has reported 4,851 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths were reported in Odisha in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Wednesday.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan