Odisha bandh tomorrow; no impact on matric exams

BHUBANESWAR: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) authorities say all preparations are over for the class X board exam to begin on Friday and the Odisha bandh call given by Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) on Thursday will not have any effect on the examination. This year as many as 5, 87, 720 students will appear the board exam in 2953 centres across the state. In a bid to avoid question paper leak in social media mobile phones are totally banned in the examination centres, CCTVs have been installed in 404 sensitive centres and if required section 144 will be clamped around various sensitive centre, official sources said.

“The question papers for the examination centre have already been dispatched to nodal centres, so the bandh will not have much effect on the conduct of exam. However, we request the organisations who have called the bandh to withdraw the bandh call as it may affect students who would go to examination centres one day ahead,” said school and mass education secretary P K Mohapatra.

The state government had urged the NKS not to hold Odisha Bandh on Thursday in the wake of the matriculation examinations beginning from Friday and also warned of strict action against the protestors. Opposition parties BJP and Congress have lend support to the bandh call.

According to sources, question papers will be dispatched to exam centre from 304 nodal centres on the exam day morning in over 700 vehicles amidst tight security arrangements and scheduled to reach between 6 to 8.30 am.

Mohapatra also warned ‘unscrupulous’ people not to indulge in unfair means during exam. “Don’t aspire to help students through unfair means as it has been decided to strictly implement Examination Conduct Act to check malpractice. There will be zero tolerance in any kind of cheating or unfair means and legal action will be taken against those engage or help in malpractice,” he added.

To ensure zero malpractice during the examination as many as 58 flying squads, 44 special squad and six zonal squads have been formed. Besides, the government has engaged a special officer to keep a tab on question paper leak in social media. “No one can carry mobile phones into the examination centre to ensure that question papers cannot be leaked through social media,” said president of the board Jahan Ara Begum.

She further added “All preparations are over for the board exams and we are very hopeful that students will appear the exam with full confidence on Friday. A 17 point standard protocol has been sent to all centre superintendents who have also been trained for smooth conduct of the exam.”

Reviewing the exam preparations chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has asked all district collectors and SPs to ensure all facilities and safety measures during the exam.

From this year there will be four sets of objective question papers and students have to secure at least 15 marks each in both subjective and objective papers to pass in a subject, official sources said.

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