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Odisha govt exempts fees for students appearing in board examinations

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Naveen Patnaik

Given the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, on people’s livelihoods across Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the state government will not impose tuition fees on Class 10 exam fees from students.

Patnaik has decided to waive the cost of the annual exam organized by the Council on Secondary Education for the benefit of students. The state registration exam is scheduled to begin on May 3, 2021 of this year.

“The state government will pay Rs 27 crore for this account and more than 6 lakh of students will benefit,” the chief minister said in a statement. Each candidate who has taken the annual high school end-of-school exam is supposed to pay Rs 420 to complete the forms.

Patnaik said the education sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, as students were unable to attend classes for nine long months, affecting their studies.

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“No student is denied the opportunity to take the annual board exam for Class 10 for financial reasons,” said Patnaik.

The state government, which is monitoring the drop in the reporting of new COVID-19 cases in Odisha, reopened schools for students in the final year of Standards X and XII as of January 8. Previously, the Odisha government had arranged for free transportation and accommodation for students who appeared in the state late last year after the coronavirus outbreak on NEET, JEE exams.

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