Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 25:
While Odisha’s School and Mass Education minister was at the Lingaraj temple here seeking divine blessings for the smooth conduct of the matriculation examinations that began in the state today, the department’s commissioner-cum-secretary Usha Padhee visited a few schools here to take stock of the arrangements at the examination centres.
Ms Padhee told media persons that everything worked seamlessly and there were no problems. She said whosoever had small problems had got it sorted out through the helpline that has been put in place for a hassle-free examination.
She said, her personal interactions with students revealed that they were comfortable and satisfied with the new pattern and the OMR sheets.
OMR answer sheets had roll numbers of individual examinee printed on them -one OMR sheet for one candidate- and so there was no scope for malpractice, she added.
She said, in some cases where roll numbers had not appeared on OMR sheets, candidates were given new OMR sheets and asked to mention their roll numbers on it. These cases were reported to the nodal centre for record.
The first day of the exam ended peacefully today and students appeared happy with their performance.