The Odisha state government has decided to promote all students in grades 1-8 in the state without taking the exams. The decision to support students was made taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of schools due to the closure.
The Odisha state government’s decision nearly ordered the Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu state governments to promote students without taking the exams and canceled the 10th and 12th exams. The decision was made taking into account that the schools were closed for almost a year.
The ruling applies to all public, private, and non-state-supported schools. Schools must encourage students in grades 1-8 without taking annual exams, while tutoring classes are mandatory during the next academic session.
The Odisha state government also decided to organize tutoring classes at the beginning of the new academic session in order to create a solid foundation for the students. The recovery course lasts at least two to three months.
The Odisha state government has also decided to end Sunday classes for 10th and 12th grade students starting in April. The decision of the Department of Education is to give students more time to study independently.
While many state governments have reopened classes for students at 50 percent capacity, some state governments have decided to promote students for the next academic year without taking annual exams. Schools have organized classes for students both online and offline, as only half of the students can enter the campus.