BHUBANESWAR: The Higher Education Department has decided to hike the evaluation fee for Plus Two evaluators from Rs 10 to Rs 15 for each answer script.
Last year, the amount was hiked from Rs 6 to Rs 10 that cost the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) a financial burden of Rs 1 crore.
The Department will be implementing e-evaluation of Science answer scripts on a pilot basis this year. While the pool of evaluators for this year’s examination has already been drawn, the Department conducted first phase training for digital correction of the answer scripts on Friday last in the Capital City. The second and third round of training would be held in 30 nodal colleges of the State this week. Principals of these nodal colleges have been designated as master trainers for e-evaluation.
As many as 94,952 Science students will take the test and for this, 3600 teachers need to be trained. At least 3,71,920 students will appear at the Plus Two examinations for all four streams beginning March 2.
CHSE Chairman Basudev Chatoi said the Council is currently preparing a detailed roadmap based on the presence of examination management hubs (EMHs) for dispatch of question papers to examination centres.
This year, 203 EMHs have been selected by district-level examination committee under the chairmanship of Collectors and SPs. Students will take the tests in 1029 examination centres and each EMH is attached to five examination centres.
Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahy said the decision to hike the evaluation fee has been taken for the benefit of the evaluators who will have to sit for at least six hours at a stretch to correct the papers. Each evaluator will correct 15 answer scripts to reduce the burden.
He further said all colleges that have been earmarked as evaluation zones will be made air-conditioned for the comfort of evaluators. This time, 50 colleges have been earmarked as evaluation zones by the CHSE for correction of answer sheets.
As many as 15 private agencies are taking part in bidding for e-evaluation of Plus Two answer scripts and the final selection would be made on Saturday.