Step to benefit over six lakh students taking the exam from May 3
The Odisha government will not charge any fee from students appearing for the class X board exams due to the economic impact of Covid-19, chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Tuesday.
The state government will bear Rs 27 crore on account of the fee waiver, a step that will benefit over six lakh students who would have had to pay Rs 420 each for filling up the exam form.
Patnaik stated that the education sector was the worst affected by the pandemic due to students being unable to attend physical classes for nine months. He added that no student will be denied the opportunity to appear for the class X board exam due to financial constraints.
The exam, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, is scheduled to begin from May 3.
The Odisha government has taken several other steps to provide relief to its students, including the resumption of classes for standards X and XII from January 8, and free transportation and accommodation facility for NEET and JEE aspirants.
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