JAC chairperson Anand Bhushan addresses principals at Jamshedpur Women’s College on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)
Evaluators will have to be extra cautious while correcting answer papers of intermediate and matriculate exams this year.
Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) has threatened to blacklist teachers if they don’t adhere to rules and make mistakes, leading to discrepancies.
“The first thing teachers should do is self-assess. I have come across cases, where a child has got 70 in the answer sheet and 17 in the cross list. There are instances of students getting lesser marks than they deserve and vice versa. These issues have to be addressed and as the evaluators make these mistakes, they will have to face the consequences,” said Anand Bhushan, chairperson of JAC, on Wednesday.
Bhushan was in Jamshedpur to conduct a meeting with principals of intermediate colleges. The matriculation examination will begin from February 22.
A special counselling session for evaluators will be organised prior to the examination next month.
Listing the changes that JAC would undergo this year, Bhushan said evaluators would have to use rubber stamps of their respective schools on answer sheets. The council will introduce A4 size question papers in English and History against the normal multi-page booklets, which need more time to be flipped through.
JAC will also introduce step marking for the first time. All registrations will be made completely online from the next academic session to switch over to a paperless system.
Although a majority of government schools don’t have computers and skilled personnel, the chairperson has made it clear that principals and staff can do the work by visiting nearest cyber cafes.
JAC is also trying to develop a management information system (MIS) to manage everything digitally.
“Let’s not talk about shortcomings because I don’t believe in it. We are here to work. If the result is 47 per cent or 50 per cent at the end of the day, we should question ourselves. As we get 100 per cent salary, the result should also be the same. If a child deserves 90, he/she should get it. We are not here to demoralise children,” Bhushan said.
He suggested the principals help students prepare their Aadhaar cards.
“We are not here to frighten teachers but there have been instances of negligence and we have to make sure that they are not repeated. For example, when we send registration lists to schools for correction, we don’t get any reply. Thus we have to change our attitude,” said Arvind Jha, joint secretary (finance and budget), JAC.