Naveen exempts fees for students appearing in Board exam

Naveen exempts fees for students appearing in Board exam

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihood of the people across Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced that the State Government will not charge any fee from students appearing in the Matric examination.
Naveen decided to waive the fees for the annual examination, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, in the greater interest of the students. The matriculation exam is scheduled to begin in the State from May 3 this year.
“The State Government will bear Rs 27 crore on this account and more than 6 lakh students will be benefited,” the Chief Minister said in a statement. Every candidate appearing in the annual High School Certificate examination was supposed to pay Rs 420 for filling up the forms.
Naveen said the education sector is one the worst affected due to the pandemic as the students could not attend classes for nine long months which has affected their studies. “No student will be denied opportunity to appear in the annual Board examination for Class 10th due to financial constraints,” Naveen said.
The State Government, keeping in view the decline in report of new COVID-19 cases in Odisha, has reopened schools for the final year students of Classes X and XII from January 8.
Earlier, Odisha Government had made arrangements of free transportation and accommodation for the students appearing in NEET and JEE exams in the State late last year in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The Government had provided buses to ferry NEET and JEE exams students from their home town to the designated test venues in September last year. It had also requested the East Coast Railway, having its headquarters at Bhubaneswar, to run special trains for the NEET aspirants to go to different parts of the State.

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