43,000 students skip Odisha Class X exams, government orders investigation
The Odisha government has ordered an investigation into the absence of 43,489 Class X students from this year’s High School Certificate (HSC) exams which ended on May 7. The move comes after the Department of School and Mass Education discovered that of the 5.71 lakh students who had forms filled in for the exam, only 5.3 lakh actually appeared.
School and Mass Education Secretary Bishnupada Sethi has written to all District Education Officers (DEOs) asking them to investigate the large-scale student absenteeism in their districts. respective. DEOs were also asked to complete a school-by-school analysis for their districts and submit a report within 10 days.
The maximum number of absentees was recorded in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Ganjam and Bolangir.
The HSC exams, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), began April 30 and were conducted at 3,540 centers across the state. In 2021, only 4,412 students failed the exam.
“The absenteeism of thousands of HSC exam takers this year is certainly a matter of concern. DEOs were asked to submit a school truancy analysis report for their respective districts and update it in a Google form,” Sethi said.
“Students’ studies have been severely affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They may have dropped out of the exam due to lack of preparation,” said Odisha Schools and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash. This year, Dash pointed out, the state government had waived exam fees for undergraduates due to the Covid situation.
Meanwhile, the Odisha State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) has also learned suo motu of the large scale absence of students from HSC examinations and has requested the director of the secondary education and BSE to examine the matter and provide a report this week.