Odisha Minister hints at reconsideration of decision on Plus II minimum marks

Bhubaneswar: After college students staged protests opposing the Odisha government’s move not to promote Plus II first year students securing less than 33%, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today said the department will reconsider its decision.

Speaking to media persons, Dash said. “As students are not ready for the Plus II first year exam, the decision on 33% mark will be reconsidered. The government is likely to implement the new rule from next academic year. The State government has no intention to fail any student.”

Yesterday, the Minister had said there had been some misunderstanding among students about the new rule. Like before students will have to appear the Plus II first year exam conducted by Higher Secondary Schools. “As per the new decision, students will have to secure minimum 33% pass mark to get promoted. Those who could not secure the pass mark will be given another chance in May,” Dash had said.

Students of BJB Higher Secondary School had staged road blockade in Bhubaneswar. Similar protests erupted at other Higher Secondary Schools in Bhubaneswar and SCS Higher Secondary School in Puri against the decision.

Today, students of Ravenshaw University locked the main gate and staged road blockade on the main road demanding cancellation of the 33% pass mark decision.

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