Odisha schools to remain closed till June; auto promotion for students

Bhubaneswar: With uncertainty looms over normalcy in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Odisha Government plans to extend closure of all schools in the state till third week of June.

Earlier, the state Government had declared closure of all school till March 31. However, after subsequent nationwide lockdown announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state Government had further extended it till April 14.

With no normalcy in sight even after April 14 and since all schools remain closed in the state for summer vacation in May, the Government is planning to reopen the schools after June 17.

In another major development, the School and Mass Education Department is mulling lifting the pass/fail system for Class 1 to Class 9 students. Accordingly, all students from Class 1 to Class 9 will be promoted even after poor performances, said an official.

Once normalcy returns, priority will be given on evaluation of Matric exam answer sheets and declaration of the results, he added.


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