After strong demand from students, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha has finally decided to cancel the class 10 exams. The BSE Odisha board exams were scheduled to be held from May 19.

The announcement has come to an effect as the cases of Covid-19 raise concern in the state and students urge the cancellation of class 10 examinations.

"In view of the Covid-19 situation the state government decided to cancel the class X board exam for 2021. Evaluation of students will be done as per the provisions of the board. Those students who will not be happy with the marks may appear for the exam later when Covid-19 situation improves," said school and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash.

Now, the class 10 students will be assessed based on a ‘special criterion’. An official statement by the board says that they are yet to finalise the parameters against which the students will be assessed. The detailed criterion will be shared soon.

CBSE, CISCE and several other state boards have already taken their decision on the cancellation of Class 10 board exams 2021. Considering this, students were seeking cancellation of the annual BSE Odisha Class 10th Board Exams 2021. In view of this matter, a large number of students staged a protest in front of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's residence. The recent announcement will be a relief to the Class 10 board exam aspirants.

However, the government has kept class XII board exam postponed and the decision in this regard will be taken after reviewing the Covid-19 situation in June first week.