Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to decide upon a time frame for conducting board examinations for class 10 and 12 along with the duration of the 2020-21 academic session.
Mr Patnaik has written a letter to the Prime Minister urging him that national guidelines with tentative timelines will help the states to frame a proper strategy for the examinations.
"As all competitive entrance examinations and admission in institutions of high education are interlinked, national guidelines with tentative timelines will help the states for framing appropriate strategy. It will also help students anxious about the examination dates to plan and prepare accordingly," Patnaik said.
He said that students who have already registered themselves for the boards and their parents are in a state of uncertainty due to lack of clarity for the academic session and also on when the examinations for the 10 and 12 boards will be conducted.
He further added that this uncertainty is causing anxiety in students.
All educational institutions in the state have remained closed since March 17 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The state government has decided to keep educational institutions closed till December 31.
Patnaik said, "We have been trying to reach out to the maximum number of students digitally through different modes. But it is not possible to cover all students and prepare them for the Boards and different competitive examinations.”