Bhubaneswar: Yielding to pressure and protests from the student community, the Odisha government today backtracked on its decision mandating +2 first-year students to secure a minimum of 33 percent marks for promotion to the second year.
School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Das today said that the norm will not be implemented this academic year.
“These examinations were earlier conducted by the colleges. This year too the colleges will be conducting the exams. Our department wanted to make it more systematic by mandating a minimum of 33% marks in each subject for promotion similar to CBSE. The department is deciding to implement it from next year,” informed Das.
The Minister said that accordingly, from next academic year +2 first-year students will have to secure a minimum of 33% marks to get promoted to the second year.
Colleges will be sending their mark sheets to the DHSE (Directorate of Higher Secondary Education) for approval, he added.
Das, however, maintained that any student failing to secure the stipulated percentage of marks will be given another chance to improve their score.