Bungling SEBA gives anxious times to students seeking admission in colleges outside Assam
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, June 1: The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) will declare the results of the HSLC examition on Tuesday, but it will take at least eight more days before marksheets reach the hands of examinees.
“Marksheets should reach the examinees by June 9. However, they will be able to view their marks in the websites. We will also send a list to the respective schools,” Additiol Chief Secretary (Education) Rajiv Bora told a press conference.
Both Rajiv Bora and SEBA chairman SS Meekshi Sundaram regretted the delay in issuing marksheets, but expressed hopes that it will not affect students seeking admission in colleges outside the State. “We have discussed the matter with college authorities in the State. There should not be any problem,” they said.
Both the officials sought to blame teachers for the delay, claiming that the examiners had agitated for hike in remunerations due to which the evaluation process took longer time. However, The Sentinel had earlier reported that with the SEBA putting in place a new answer script evaluation process, this year’s evaluation work was trickier for the teachers appointed as scrutinizers and examiners. So much so that while in previous years it took around 15 days to complete the evaluation of answer scripts, this year the process took nearly one and a half month.
Around 4.2 lakh students had appeared in the HSLC and Assam High Madrassa examitions that ended on March 12.
Besides evaluating the answer script, an examiner this year had to fill up three additiol sheets – one Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet attached to the answer script, an extra tally sheet against each answer script and another OMR sheet for each bundle of twenty answer sheets.
Earlier, an examiner could evaluate up to 40 answer sheets in a day. This year, they could hardly reach 15.
The examinees this year were given new security features-ebled answer booklets as part of the Board’s new examition reforms to eradicate malpractices and ensure zero-error evaluation and result declaration process.
Many examiners said they were initially clueless as to how to go about the evaluation and it was only after a few days that they got the hang of it.
The examiners were also not happy that though their work had been multiplied manifold, their remuneration was increased from Rs 10 to only Rs 14 per copy.