The grading system introduced last year for students of SSC examination might come to naught as they now be given the photocopies of answer sheets for all the subjects during revaluation.
The move will likely create a rush among the students to compare answer sheets to ascertain marks. It would also raise multiple queries to the process of evaluation, prompting those marking the papers to be extra cautious in awarding and tabling the marks.
Around 13 lakh students appear for the examination and due to the increase in the number of answer copies, the process of evaluation lasts over a fortnight with each evaluator grading 40 answer scripts daily.
The board examinations for the SSC candidates will be held between March 22 and April 9.
“Mistakes might creep in while tallying the overall marks or during entry process. Given the power cuts and stress to complete the scripts on time, human errors cannot be ruled out,” said G. Ramesh, a Mathematics teacher who has been a part of evaluation system for nearly a decade now.
He added that more often than not only a minor difference of one or two marks can be detected on revaluation as each teacher follows the key to grade the answer scripts.
“It is the first time that the answer sheets for all subjects will be available to candidates if they apply for revaluation by paying a fee of `1000 per script. It will increase the transparency of awarding marks but any mistakes will reflect poorly on the board,” said B. Manmadha Reddy, director of government examinations.
In another first, students can download their hall-tickets from the www.bseap.org, a move which has angered private school managements.
“The argument is that the students will not clear their dues and fees if they are allowed to download hall-tickets directly. Though we place the hall-tickets online every year a day or two before the commencement of the examination, this year we have decided to do away with the practice.
As the SSC marks memo and certificates are sent to the schools directly, the managements can always claim the dues during issuing certificates. The incident of an intermediate student committing suicide as he was denied hall-ticket is shocking and we would like to prevent such cases,” added Manmadha Reddy.