BHUBANESWAR: The e-evaluation process of five Plus Two Science papers began smoothly in the State on Monday with more than 80 per cent of evaluators turning up at 28 evaluation centres.
On the first day, though, there was no digital correction of answer scripts and the evaluators were only trained on the process by the service provider - Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). They were provided five dummy answer sheets, which they had to correct through the software developed by the TCS. The training would continue on Tuesday and the evaluators will begin actual e-evaluation of Plus Two Science (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Zoology) answers scripts from Wednesday.
While a tentative date for concluding the e-evaluation has not been fixed yet, Chairman of CHSE, Basudev Chhatoi said they will try to finish the digital correction of answer scripts by April 20.
The CHSE has engaged 4,000 examiners for e-evaluation of four lakh answer scripts of 94,952 students and 100 per cent attendance of evaluators was reported in some evaluation centres in Cuttack and Jharsuguda. In some centres in Cuttack and Bhadrak, the training was delayed due to technical snags in the servers, said Chhatoi, adding that these problems will be taken care of from Tuesday.
While some evaluators were apprehensive of lack of adequate training to hit the process, the CHSE Chairman said the service provider has employed one instructor each for a group of 15 examiners to provide hand-holding support. From Wednesday, two to seven instructors will stay at each centre to guide the evaluators depending on their number. The examiners will have to stay in the evaluation centre for a minimum of five hours. For the comfort of evaluators, TCS has started canteen facilities besides installing air-conditioners in the 28 evaluation centres.
Secretary of Higher Education Department Gagan Dhal said as per reports received by the department till 7 pm, over 80 per cent evaluators turned up for e-evaluation on day one in districts like Cuttack, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara. “We are still receiving reports from other districts and the attendance percentage might further go up. Along with selecting 4,000 teachers for e-evaluation, we had prepared a pool of teachers who were kept on standby for the process. These teachers will be roped in against the remaining 20 per cent evaluators, who did not turn up on Monday,” said Dhal.
He further said last week, the CHSE and the department had received a total of 40 leave applications from evaluators on medical grounds, which have been referred to a medical board of the Health Department for scrutiny of genuineness of the cases.