Amid Odisha Bandh, Stage All Set For Matric Exam 2019

22 February 2019


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Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: While a statewide shutdown was observed today by Nabanirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS), the stage has been set with all necessary arrangements in place for Odisha Matric exams tomorrow.

NKS went ahead with the bandh call today despite the Government’s appeal in view of matric exams. NKS convener Akshay Kumar had assured that movement of the Matric examinees and their guardians will not be disturbed. School and Mass Education Secretary Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra also said, “The bandh had no impact on dispatch of matriculation question papers.”

HSC examination this year will commence from February 22 and end on March 8. In total 5,87,720 students will appear the examinations at 2953 centres.

Mohapatra added, “The question papers are currently at the Nodal Centre. On the day of examination, question papers will be taken from Nodal Centre to examination point via dispatch team between 6 am to 8:30 am. Director General of Police will make security arrangements accordingly. Even district collectors and SPs have been directed to take necessary steps in this regard.”

BSE’s Controller of Examination, Nihar Ranjan Mohanty said, “One police personnel will accompany the dispatch team to the exam centres. Security personnel will also be deployed at examination centers from 6 am to 1 pm.”

“Section 144 will be clamped at sensitive and high-sensitive centers. CCTV cameras will be installed with priority on sensitive and high sensitive centers and open school certificate centre. 24x7 security arrangements have been made at 285 nodal centres,” he added.

Briefing on the security arrangements, he said, “Under District Education Officers, 58 flying squads have been constituted. 44 special squads will also be sent from Central Office in Cuttack to different districts. Collectors of each district have also formed squads that will be deployed for supervision.”

And finally, leaving the students with a piece of valuable advice to relive their pressure, Mohanty concluded, “This exam is not the end of your life. Since this the first exam, children should appear for it happily.”

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Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Secretary, School and Mass Education, Odisha

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Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, Controller Of Examinations, BSE