“Seal it with a rubber stamp” appears to be Jharkhand Academic Council’s panacea for all examination-related ills.
In a bid to usher in accountability and transparency among evaluators, those correcting papers will henceforth have to rubber-stamp their names on the answer scripts seen by them. The new rule will become effective with the forthcoming matriculation examination and will be applicable for all other examinations conducted by the council as well.
Announcing the decision, JAC chief Anand Bhushan, who recently took over from Laxmi Singh, said the practice would allow the authorities to identify a teacher if and when a discrepancy is reported in the evaluation process.
In the recent past, a number of students have criticised the process of evaluation every time the results of major examinations have been announced. Some of the claims have been found to be true, as after re-evaluation a number of students have landed up with higher marks though on the downside, many apparently less deserving students have secured more marks than others.
“We cannot completely rule out foul play in the evaluation process and that is the reason why we are making seals mandatory for teachers,” said Bhushan, adding that the move will bring a sense of accountability in them.
According to the JAC chief, so far, every time a discrepancy was reported, it became difficult to identify the teacher responsible. “Not that they can’t be identified, but it’s a very tiring and time consuming process. Now, with every evaluator putting their seal on the papers they check, we can easily identify them by name and school they belong to,” he said.
He said the move would also keep fake evaluators away.
Ideally, the list of evaluators comes to JAC through the district education officer after the deputy commissioner approves it. “However, there could be chances of some expelled, not working or red listed teachers making their way into the list. But the seal would ensure that such teachers are kept out,” he said.
All district education officers have been informed about the new rule. “I attended a meeting with officials concerned on Tuesday and told them about this new rule. A rubber-stamp doesn’t cost much and every teacher has to have one duly approved by the school/college principal and DEO,” he said.
According to Bhushan, the cost of each stamp is about Rs 10-15, which he said all teachers could afford. However, if anyone wanted to reimbursed, they could speak to the district education officer.
Besides the meeting, a workshop was also conducted on Tuesday for teachers on how to devise question papers along the CBSE pattern. “We started it much before the exams so that everyone has time to understand the process properly and work accordingly,” Bhushan added.
Will the new rule streamline the evaluation system?