The high court on Wednesday directed the school service commission (SSC) to re-evaluate the answer scripts of 17 candidates in last year’s examination who had accessed their answer scripts under the right to information act and felt they deserved higher marks.
“The SSC examination rules do not have provision for review of answer scripts but the right to information act has empowered judges to ask the authorities to re-evaluate answer scripts,” Justice Saumitra Pal said in his order.
The court asked the commission to get the answer scripts re-evaluated by an independent examiner.
According to legal experts, the order will be used as precedent in similar cases. “The order will be used in cases related to other exams like those of the college service commission and the public service commission,” said advocate Rabi Shankar Chatterjee.
The 17 examinees had approached the right to information department after the commission refused to review their answer scripts.
“Half the marks in the SSC examination are allotted to objective questions and there are guidelines for the longer answers so it is possible to estimate how much marks one should get. After going through their answer scripts, my clients found they had been given much less marks than they should have been. But when they approached the commission again, its chairman told them there was no provision to review the answer scripts,” said Ekramul Bari, a lawyer who represented some of the candidates.
The lawyer representing the commission said since there was no rule to review answer scripts, the court did not have the jurisdiction to ask his client to conduct a review.