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Odisha to increase number of plus II seats


 The Odisha goverment has decided to increase the number of seats in Plus II from 2023-24 academic year to accommodate more students.

Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Sudam Marndi said the decision to increase the seats in Plus two was taken in view of the higher pass percentage in the annual High School Certificate Examination this year.

This year a record 96.4 per cent of students have cleared the Class X examination against 90.55 per cent last year.

Briefing newspersons after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the performance of the School and Mass Education department the Minister said the seats would be increased considering the requirement.

Marndi said , the government is all set to open 106 new Higher Secondary Schools from the academic session of 2023-24.

The schools will provide 13,000 more seats.

The Minister said officers are asked to ensure that admissions of students are made smoothly without any hassle.

Marndi said the government has fulfilled almost all promises made in the domain of School and Mass Education and launched several programmes to enhance the quality of education.

Under 5T charters, the department has taken up High School Transformation Programme and transformed a total of 6123 high schools across the state in three phases.

The transformed schools have been equipped with smart classrooms, e-library, modern science laboratory, advance sports facilities and state-of-the-art campuses.

He said all the High Schools of the state will be transformed under 5T High School Transformation Programme by December 2023.

The Minister said House System will be introduced in both elementary and secondary schools with an aim to promote leadership and interpersonal skills among students, foster creativity, encourage healthy competition, enhance student engagement and participation.

He said the Department has decided to introduce four clubs—Jigyansa (Science, Nature & Culture Exploration Club), Sahitya Srujani (Literary & Artistic Club), Kaushali (Computing (ICT) & Social Innovation Club) and Kridangan (Sports and life skill development Club

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