Bhubaneswar: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, the State Government has declared the students of Classes I to VIII in its schools ‘all pass’.
“All the students except of Class-IX are declared to have passed without annual examinations this academic session,” said School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash.
As the examination of one paper of Class-IX is yet to be held, the decision on this class would be taken by the department after overcoming the present situation, he said.
Expressing concern over the future of students, who have appeared in the matriculation examination-2020 and annual Plus II examination, he said all the answer sheets are safe at evaluation centres amidst tight security.
School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Saturday urged the students to stay at home and concentrate on studies during the corona lockdown period.
He said the midday meal (MDM) has been provided to the students in advance for three months. The normal MDM programme would resume from June 15.
“Meanwhile, the textbook from Classes-I to VIII have already been dispatched to their schools. The department will make arrangements to send the books to students after overcoming the pandemic situation arising out of coronavirus,” he said.