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HS firm on script deadline

Higher Secondary examiners and head examiners will have to complete evaluation and scrutiny of HS answer scripts within the deadline even if they have to perform poll duties, the HS council has said.

“All those who will be doing the election duty will have to complete script evaluation by the scheduled date. We understand the difficulties they will face in doing election and examination work simultaneously. But they will have to stick to our evaluation schedule so the HS results could be announced on time,” said Mahua Das, president, West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education.

A large number of headmasters and other teachers who will examine HS answer scripts have been requisitioned for election duties, she added.

Several such teachers had recently approached the council to apprise it about their “difficulties” in doing evaluation work. Some wanted fewer scripts this time.

Every teacher is allotted a fixed number of answer scripts for evaluation. For example, in subjects like English and Bengali every examiner has to check 120 scripts. In philosophy and political science, the count is 250.

A council source said the examiners on poll duty would have to mark the same number of scripts as the others.

HS 2014 ended on March 28 and the results are likely to be declared in May-end or in the first week of June. The council has recruited over 30,000 examiners.

The five-phase elections in Bengal will be held on April 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12 — the period when evaluation and scrutiny of answer scripts and other work related to publication of results, such as tabulation of marks and preparation of the mark sheets, will be on in full swing.

An examiner who will be deployed on poll duty said he had been given 120 scripts on March 27 and asked to complete the evaluation and submit the scripts to the head examiner on April 7.

He wondered how he would meet the deadline as he would have to attend a training programme to be held by the poll panel between April 2 and 7. “The council has made it clear that I will have to complete the evaluation and submit the examined scripts to the head examiner by April 7.”

After the first round of evaluation by the examiners, the scripts are scrutinised by the head examiners.

A head examiner complained he, too, faced similar problems because of the overlap between the election and examination duties.

A council source said it would not be possible to offer any relaxation to the teachers because a maximum of 20 days can be allotted from the day of distribution of the answer scripts for evaluation and scrutiny.