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Around 85,732 empty seats in higher secondary schools in Odisha


The state government of Odisha is under great anxiety as a large number of seats in higher secondary schools, earlier known as plus two colleges are still vacant even after the spot admission in the state.

According to reports, a majority of these vacancies are observed in private or self-financing higher secondary schools.

Data related to vacant seats:

Total number of seats in three streams in arts, science and commerce: 4, 24,739

Total number of higher secondary schools: 1,596

Total number of seats remained vacant after the spot admissions, this year: 85,732

District-wise information of vacant seats:

Khurda district: There has been 9,027 vacant seats out of 36,502 in all the three streams.

Ganjam district: It has around 136 higher secondary schools. According to the reports, there was no admission to the 12,842 seats in the three streams.

Cuttack district: Total number of 4,054 seats remain vacant out of 11,872 in science stream. Around 1,888 seats of the 4,016 are vacant in other streams.

“The trend to go for alternative courses has become very popular over the past two years and this is the reason for the huge vacancies. It is important for the state government to come up with innovative ways of imparting education and courses to attract students,” said Ashish Padhi, an educator to The Telegraph.

Not only this, the situation gets worse when it is observed that six self-financing higher secondary schools in Bhubaneswar are recorded with zero enrolment this year in all the three streams.

Apart from this, 75 self-financing schools have reported less than 50 per cent enrolment.

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