Examiners having to report for Assembly election duty could delay the Madhyamik results.
The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education on Monday directed examiners to complete evaluation of answer scripts several days before the deadline so that the results could be published in time.
Many examiners may also have to evaluate the answer scripts allotted to colleagues who have to report for election duty to ensure timely publication of the results, said officials of the board.
The postponement of the physical science examination from March 3 to March 22 has also made publication of results in time difficult. The exam was pushed back because teachers in a Dinhata school had distributed physical science question papers instead of those for history.
“We are taking all possible steps to declare the Madhyamik results before the target date. Late publication of the results will lead to a delay in the commencement of the academic session in the Higher Secondary schools,” said Anjan Sengupta, the board president.
Madhyamik results were declared between May-end and the beginning of June in the past few years.
The board wants to complete as much of the evaluation as possible before April 16, two days before the first phase of the Assembly polls in Bengal.
“Since the elections will be held from April 18 to May 7, many teachers would be on election duty and may not be available for evaluating answer scripts,” said a board source.
Nearly 50,000 teachers will examine the Madhaymik answer scripts this year. Each examiner usually evaluates 150 answer scripts within 21 days. This year, the examiners are being asked to complete the evaluation in 16 days, said an official of the board’s examination department.
“We will not be able to give proper attention to each answer script if we are forced to examine too many of them within a short time,” said a teacher.