Bhubaneswar: As many as 3.58 lakh students will appear for the annual higher secondary examination to be conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) in 1,145 centres across the state from Wednesday.After two years of Covid break, students will appear for the exam for 100% curriculum.All exam centres are under CCTV surveillance while three-tier security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of the exams.However, the continuing strike of around 4,000 teachers of 622 category colleges may cause trouble.“Arrangements are over for the Plus-II examinations, which are scheduled to start from March 1. All practical examinations are over and question papers have been sent to question hubs across the state. Like previous years, all necessary arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the examinations. CCTVs have been installed at the examination centres,” said school and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash.The minister has also urged the agitating teachers to join exam duty for the sake of students. “I have already urged the agitating teachers to cooperate in the exams considering the future of the students. I am hopeful that they will cooperate,” Dash said.Parents and students expressed concern over the smooth conduct of the examination due to the continuing strike of teachers. “The teachers are on strike demanding salary hike, while the government is unmoved. Are they really serious about exams or the quality of education and future of students?” asked Subhrakant Swain, a Plus-II student.There are 500 higher secondary schools under the 622 categories of colleges, who are demanding revision of their salaries and equal work for equal pay with other categories of teachers. They are seeking remuneration on a par with others under Odisha (Payment of Grant-in-Aid to the Non-Government Aided Degree Colleges, Aided Junior Colleges and Aided Higher Secondary Schools) Grant-in-Aid Order, 2022.“The state government has invited for a discussion at 11.30 am on Tuesday and we are expecting a solution to the problem,” said Golak Nayak, president of the 622 Category of Colleges Association.Meanwhile, primary teachers on Monday staged a protest in front of the residences of different ministers and MLAs demanding withdrawal of the contractual system among primary school teachers and requested them to raise their issue in the assembly.