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Odisha minister allays students admission concerns over class 10 results

Odisha minister allays students admission concerns over class 10 results
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Bhubaneswar/Cuttack, Jun 28 (PTI) Amid protests by

students across Odisha over fears that many of them will not

be able to secure admission with the marks obtained in class

10 results, School and Mass Education Minister S R Dash Monday

sought to allay their concerns, saying there will be no

shortage of seats.

The number of seats will be increased in colleges if

required, Dash told reporters here.

"Under our department, we have approximately 6.03 lakh

seats in 2,302 government and private colleges, including ITIs

(industrial training institutes. Therefore, there is no need

to worry," the minister said.

A whopping 97.89 per cent of the students have passed

the High School Certificate, the results of which were

declared by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Friday

for the first time without holding the annual examinations due

to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2020, the overall pass percentage in the

examination was 78.76.

Enraged guardians and students staged sit-ins and

raised slogans outside school premises in Bhubaneswar,

Cuttack, Puri, and other districts, alleging that the

evaluation process had discrepancies.

The minister said, in previous years, the number of

seats in many schools was accordingly increased, ranging from

10-20 per cent, whenever the seats got exhausted.

Noting that the results of the ICSE and the CBSE

examinations have not yet been declared, Dash said the

government would assess the situation and take appropriate

steps after the results are out.

"There will be no problem regarding the number of

seats. There won''t be a situation where students cannot study

due to lack of seats," he said.

The evaluation process this year had given 40 per cent

weightage to the highest marks obtained in Class 9 in each

subject, while the remaining 60 per cent was based on the

practice tests conducted in Class 10. The best result year,

out of the past performance for four consecutive years of

2017-2020, was taken as a reference year to allot marks.

Meanwhile, the BSE made it clear that there will be no

re-evaluation of the published results.

The students, who are not satisfied with their results

can appear for the offline examination to be conducted after

the ongoing pandemic situation improves in the state, BSE

president Ramshis Hazra said.

Alleging discrepancies in their marks, students,

particularly of schools run by the Sikhya Vikash Samiti staged

protests across the state, including in front of the BSE

office in Cuttack.

Questioning the method adopted in the evaluation

process, the protestors alleged that the Board had deducted

marks submitted by all Saraswati Sisu Mandirs, run by RSS-

affiliated Sikhya Vikash Samiti.

Admitting that some schools had submitted very high

marks of their students, the Board president said these

anomalies were rectified by the Board after a thorough

analysis of the results of these schools in the last four

years.

Dismissing the allegations of a faulty evaluation

process, a BSE official said, students got higher marks this

time as compared to what they secured in the previous class.

As many as 5,62,010 students have passed the annual

matriculation examination this year.

Regarding Class 12, the minister informed that it was

earlier decided to publish the results by the second week of

August.

But steps are being taken to ensure that the results

are declared by July 31, following a Supreme Court directive.

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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