Bhubaneswar, April 16, 2021: Odisha postponed board exams on Thursday including the Class X and XII tests in the wake of spiraling COVID-19 cases in the state.
Odisha postponed board exams
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik made the announcement after reviewing the coronavirus situation in Odisha, where active cases have surpassed the 14,000-mark.
The Odisha Board of Secondary Education (BSE) conducts the annual matriculation examination and the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) is in charge of the Class 12 examination, both of which have been postponed.
Odisha board exams 2021
The tests for Class X were scheduled to start from May 3 and the Plus-II examinations from May 18.
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Patnaik said the state government will take a decision on conducting the examinations after reviewing the pandemic situation in the first week of June.
“The students will be given adequate time before the examinations,” he said in a statement.
The students of Class IX and XI will be promoted to the subsequent standard without appearing for any test, the CM added.
Patnaik also issued instructions to stop physical classes for students of Standards X and XII from Monday in all government, government-aided and private schools affiliated to the Odisha State Secondary Education Board and Odisha Adarsha Vidyalay Sangathan.
All English medium schools and their hostels in the state will also be closed from Monday, he said.
Odisha COVID cases
Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload jumped to 3,58,342 on Thursday after 2,989 people tested positive, the biggest single-day spike this year, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,935, a health department official said.
Of the new infections detected in all the 30 districts, 1,733 were reported from quarantine centres and the remaining are local-contact cases.
Sundergarh district logged 631 new cases, followed by Khurda (438), Kalahandi (260), Cuttack (208), Nuapada (151), Sambalpur(148), Bargarh (126), Puri (112) and Bolangir (110), he said.
The deaths were reported from Kalahandi and Keonjhar districts. A total of 53 other COVID-19 patients have so far died due to comorbidities.
The coastal state now has 14,621 active cases, while 3,58,342 patients have thus far recovered from the disease.
It has tested over 94.96 lakh samples, including 34,571 on Wednesday, the official said, adding, the positivity rate stands at 3.77 per cent.