Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 14:
The Odisha government makes announcements by the dozen about path-breaking changes, but without first checking if the systems are in place to implement those changes. A case in point: more than six months after the announcement that Plus Two students in the state would appear in an annual examination in the first year from this session and nearly two months after the new academic session got underway, uncertainty hangs over whether the first year examination can be held this year at all.
As a result of the government’s dithering, the future of about 3,00,000 Plus two students in Odisha now hangs in the balance.
As per an announcement made at the start of this year by Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahy, starting academic year 2015-16, plus two students were supposed to appear in two examinations over two years of their study. The final result was supposed to be an aggregation of of both years’ performance.
However, with clouds looming large over the first year examination itself, the future of the students remains uncertain.
As per sources, a committee appointed by the Higher Education department to recommend the modus operandi of the new examination pattern and the necessary changes in the syllabus has submitted its report way back in March. It made 10 recommendations including changes in the curriculum, examination pattern, updated syllabus and development of infrastructure. But six months down the line, the recommendations are yet to be implemented.
The updated syllabus has been prepared, but is yet to take effect. In the meanwhile, the academic year has started for the plus two first year students and they are being taught as per the old syllabus.
“We have not been told anything about plus two first year examination. We had submitted the report to the Higher Education Department. The department, however, is yet to revert back to us with instructions regarding the examination. I believe the recommendations may not be implemented this year. We will start work on it after getting a go ahead from the department,” said Council OF higher Secondary Education (CHSE) Chairman Basudeb Chhatoi.
While the filling of forms for the ex-regular students of second year starts from this October, the first year students are clueless about their examination schedule. Without any idea about the examinations and syllabus, lakhs of students ar keeping their fingers crossed.
Parents and educationists are concerned over this policy paralysis and are apprehensive that a last-moment decision to go ahead with first year examination is going to seriously affect the study cycle of students.