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Review nod for HS scripts

Calcutta, March 10: The state Higher Secondary council has decided to allow re-evaluation of answer scripts whenever marks are disputed, bowing to a long-standing demand of examinees.

The decision, taken on Tuesday, is likely to be ratified by the state government and implemented from this year.

Till last year, examinees could only apply for “scrutiny” of answer scripts. A scrutiny is limited to checking whether all answers have been evaluated and the marks correctly totalled. The council’s move follows the Union human resource development ministry’s directive to school education boards to make their courses and examination systems student-friendly and attractive.

“A large number of students will benefit once the system of re-examination of answer scripts is introduced,” said Onkar Sadhan Adhikari, the president of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. “The members of the council took a unanimous decision to implement the review system as early as possible, and so we are starting it from this year.”

According to an official, examinees will be able to get their answer scripts in a maximum of two subjects reviewed. The council has set 45 days from the last application being received as the target for declaring the review results.

HS 2010 starts on March 16 and will continue till April 12. Over 5 lakh students are to sit for the exams.

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