BHUBANESWAR: The problems for Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) seem to be far from over. While evaluation of Plus Two answer sheets has already been delayed by a week owing to the teachers' strike, the Council has now decided to shift the second phase evaluation to April 18.
Stating that the progress of evaluation process has not been satisfactory so far, CHSE Chairman Basudev Chatoi took the decision on Tuesday. The second phase evaluation was supposed to begin from Wednesday.
Even as teachers joined evaluation work on Sunday, the Council has to now spend additional time in training them for digital evaluation. In the first phase, CHSE requires 7,000 teachers for both digital and manual evaluation. Sources said though a number of teachers, who had digitally evaluated Science papers last year, has been roped in this year, all teachers of Commerce stream need to be trained afresh which will further slow down the process. Nearly eight lakh answer papers of students of both the streams would be e-evaluated.
Last month, teachers of 488 and 662 category colleges had skipped e-evaluation training by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) due to their strike. This year, the Council had decided to carry out digital evaluation of answer sheets of Science and Commerce streams and it would come out with Science results by mid-May. While on Sunday, 85 per cent of teachers joined evaluation work, on Monday and Tuesday, the attendance was 90 per cent
As per the schedule, language and ancillary papers in Science and Commerce streams were to be digitally evaluated till April 13. However, less than 40 per cent of the total papers have been corrected so far.
Chatoi said the second phase correction will continue till April 27 during which main papers of Science and Commerce streams will be corrected. He informed that officials of TCS have been stationed in all 49 evaluation zones for providing hand-holding training to teachers who would be in charge of digital correction of answer sheets. He is hopeful of completing Science evaluation by mid-May.
Block grant teachers had boycotted the Plus Two evaluation from April 4 demanding abolition of block grant system and implementation of full grant system of pay.