33 per cent qualifying marks in 1st year Plus 2 triggers students’ protest
Bhubaneswar: The Council of Higher Secondary Education’s (CHSE) announcement to implement qualifying marks in Plus-II first year examination from this year triggerd protest across Odisha colleges with students taking to the streets demanding that the council should revoke the decision.
The council had stated that if a student fails in the first year exams, s/he will not be promoted to the second year. The students will have to qualify with 33 per cent marks in the examination.
However, the announcement coming just a month before the exams has sparked of protests across the State with students demanding that the council should immediately revoke the decision and allow them to be promoted to second year if they fail to secure 33 per cent marks in the first year exams.
Students of Biju Patnaik College, Maharshi College, Deb Ray College, Rajdhani College and Ekamra College staged dharna protesting against CHSE’s decision stating that courses are yet to be covered. “Either we should be given sufficient time for preparations or the council should implement the move from next year,” the students demanded.
Responding to the protests, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Das said, “There is no need to panic. Odisha government’s intention is not to fail students in the first year exams of Plus-II. Like every year, the examination will be held in the first year, but it will be conducted in a more organised manner from this year.”
According to the CHSE, in case a student fails to clear the exams with the required percentage, the council will give another chance to clear the backlogs. “Students will have another chance to clear their backlogs, if any. If someone fails in the first examination from February 15 to 29, remedial classes would be conducted for them and the second clearance exam will be held in May-end,” the Minister clarified.
Till now, first-year examination was considered a mock test wherein a student had to just appear for the examination to be considered qualified to be promoted to second year.