Cuttack, Feb 27: Officials of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, today booked 928 students at different centres across the state for resorting to unfair means during the matriculation examination.
“From Jajpur district alone, 145 students were caught,” said BSE president Dakshya Prasad Nanda.
“Adequate steps have been taken to facilitate smooth conduct of the examination and 135 squads have been formed to keep watch on the various centres,” Nanda added.
A board official said two staff members of Balasore zone were suspended for failing to provide admit cards to 88 girl students of Raisuian Girls High School on Monday. Action has been taken against them following a report from the district education officer. After the girls demonstrated outside the district collector’s residence, they were allowed to appear for the examination.
The Democratic Students Organisation today submitted a memorandum to the BSE demanding adequate compensation for students who failed to appear for the examination because of negligence of the authorities. Nearly 200 students in Keonjhar could not sit for the exams because they were not issued admit cards.
“Board of Secondary Education has no mechanism to check such issues. The BSE should conduct a detail inquiry,” said said secretariat member of the organisation Babi Balbantray.
However, a board official said students were not issued admit cards as the headmasters concerned had not produced necessary documents despite repeated requests.
“The number of enrolled students was more than those seeking admit cards,” said board secretary Ramakrushna Sahoo.