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Reforms in higher education comes to nought in Odisha

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 2:

The much-vaunted claim of the Odisha government on reforms in the Higher Education has cut a sorry figure in the annual Plus Two examinations results of which were announced on Monday.

Plus Two resultsAs compared to the annual CBSE Class XII results, only 33 students in the state have scored over 90 percent marks in this year’s annual Plus Two examinations conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE).

The state government had begun the reforms in the Plus Two level in 2012 by effecting changes starting from the examination pattern to the syllabuses. Even the Higher Education minister and the concerned officials made announcement about the changes in the media.

However, all these efforts have been poorly reflected in this year’s annual Plus Two examinations.

As per the results announced by the CHSE, not a single student of Arts and Commerce has been able to secure above 90 percent marks.

Only 112 students in Arts and 195 students in Commerce have secured 80 percent marks.

Besides, the plight of the Science students is equally disappointing. Out of 75,434 students who had passed the examinations, 1246 students have scored 80 percent marks while only 33 students have scored over 90 percent marks.

As per the opinion of some well-known educationists in the state, about 50-60 percent CBSE students in some schools have secured 80-90 percent marks.

Citing instances, they said while 97 percent students have secured over 75 percent marks in Sai International School in this year’s CBSE annual Class XII examinations, 22 students of DAV, Chandrasekharpur have secured over 95 percent while 113 students have secured over 90 percent marks.

Criticising the reforms of the Odisha government in the Plus Two level, they said while the national level entrance tests like the IIT and OUAT in Odisha determine the rank of the students by adding the marks they secure in the entrance test and the marks they have secured in the Plus Two, in such cases, how the CHSE students in Odisha would be able compete with the CBSE or ICSE students if they are awarded such marks.

“While the state government is satisfied with the overall pass percentage in the annual Plus Two examinations, the fact that it has not seriously thought about the shocking decline in the quality education thus putting the career prospects of the CHSE students in tatters”, they have pointed out.