|Cinnamara Jatiya Vidyalay
Jorhat, Sept. 20: The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (Seba) seems to be in for more embarrassment, as several anomalies have allegedly been detected in a girl’s “re-examined” matric answer scripts.
The parents of the girl, Angana Saikia, and her school’s principal, who procured her re-examined English and Assamese answer scripts from Seba through RTI applications, told reporters here today that they would move Gauhati High Court and the Assam Human Rights Commission seeking legal redress against the board’s callousness.
Last year, another student (Anirudha Bora) of the same school — Cinnamara Jatiya Vidyalay — who was declared failed (16 marks) in Assamese, had later bagged 76 after re-examination.
The principal and director of the school, Dibyajyoti Sarmah, said Angana, who is now studying science at Salt Brook Academy in Dibrugarh, was a bright student and had fared well in school.
Sarmah said Angana had secured an aggregate of 82.17 per cent marks in this year’s matric examination but had secured marks way below her expectations in English and Assamese — 44 out of 80 in English (20 marks is for practical) and 75 in Assamese. He said she decided to apply for re-examination for both papers.
The re-evaluated marks were declared three months later and all she got was seven more marks in English. Her marks in the Assamese paper remained unchanged, Sarmah said.
He said Angana filed a RTI application seeking photocopies of the answer scripts of both papers from Seba, as she was not satisfied with the re-evaluation. Each application was for Rs 500 and the copies were delivered two days back.
Sarmah said after going through the answer scripts, it was found that the board had erred in totalling the marks in English. She had received 10 marks more. He said there were over 15 instances of non-marking and under-marking in both answer scripts.
“We think this is only the tip of the iceberg. Just think what has happened to the 400,000 candidates who appeared in this year’s matric,” Sarmah said.
He said Seba officials, when contacted over phone, told them that the mistakes would be rectified if brought to their notice. “But the question is of accountability. How could the lapses remain in a paper which had been examined four times — first by an examiner, then by a scrutiniser, then by a head examiner and finally re-checked.”
Angana’s mother Aradhana said her daughter had been very upset over the results, even going into depression. She said they would move the high court as well as the rights panel to seek redress.
The development comes within a week of the Dilip Kumar Barua Committee submitting its report to the government on the shortcomings of the board, which conducts and declares the results of the matric or Class X final examination in the state.
Seba secretary Hemanta Kumar Saloi said he had already asked the controller of examinations to look into the matter. He said remedial measures would be taken to resolve the errors in Angana’s answer scripts.
• Alleged anomalies in evaluation of matric exam answer scripts haunt Seba ever since results are declared in May
• The Assam Human Rights Commission has already directed Dispur to pay compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to four students who were denied ranks among the top 10 in the merit list of this year’s matric examination
• Of 366,476 students who appeared for matric examination this year, 259,149 were declared successful
• Dilip Kumar Barua Committee said the government’s hurry to declare matric
results ahead of the CBSE’s Class X examination results was one of the main reasons for the anomalies in evaluation of answer scripts