Bhubaneswar: Following the inordinate delay in the publication of Plus II results in Odisha, the state government has asked college principals to send teachers to their respective evaluation centres immediately.
The Director of Higher Secondary Education wrote to the principals that though the evaluation of Plus II papers started from June 1, it is yet to be completed as more than 50 per cent of the teachers have remained absent due to COVID-19 pandemic. As the timely announcement of results is necessary for the students to pursue their higher education, the evaluation of the remaining papers has to be taken up urgently, the letter added.
In this connection, the Principal Secretary of the School and Mass Education Department had also written to all district collectors, SPs and DCPs to take steps to ensure the smooth evaluation of Plus II papers.
On his part, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Das said that evaluation at 35 centres was stopped after the state government clamped a two-week lockdown in Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack and Jajpur districts and Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The minister added that the Collectors will decide on the evaluation process after considering the prevailing situation in their respective districts.
On the other hand, students and parents have expressed resentment over the “lackadaisical attitude” of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) for not adopting an alternative process.
They cited the example of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which was able to announce the results by allowing teachers to evaluate the papers at their homes and schools.