Oodisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Cuttack, Feb 24:
A record number of over six lakh students would appear in the matriculation examination at 2737 examination centres across Odisha on Tuesday.
While as many as 5,57,528 students have filled up forms to appear in the examination in regular stream, a total of 51,339 students would write it in ex-regular stream. Similarly, 4626 students would to appear in the Madhyama examination, which is equivalent to matriculation examination in Sanskrit.
The examinations, conducted for the first time in a different format (OMR sheet), would conclude on March 11.
The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) has arranged a three-tier security system to monitor the examinations.
“All arrangements for the examinations are over and the question papers for the first three papers have reached all centres by this evening. The rest of the question papers would reach the Centres well before exam time tomorrow,” BSE President DP Nanda said.
The question papers are stored in nodal centres and elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the exam, Nanda said.
“While the district administration is responsible for providing a squad to ensure peaceful conduct of the examination, the Board has taken care of two other squads, including a flying squad”, he said.
The squads have been directed to book erring students with their answers sheets with the attachment of requisite proof of malpractice. Besides, the squads have been empowered to keep strict vigil on the invigilators encouraging malpractice.
Besides, BSE authorities have turned police stations in Maoist-affected southern Odisha districts into nodal centres to store question papers for the matriculation examinations.