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Board results ‘on time’ despite polls

The results of Madhyamik and Higher Secondary 2014 are set to be declared on time this year despite the five-phase Lok Sabha poll schedule for the state that clashes with the process of preparation of the results.

In 2013, the Madhyamik results were declared on May 27 and the Higher Secondary results on June 3.

Sources in the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education said the authorities have set a target to publish the results on the same days as last year.

The state Higher Secondary education council, a source said, is planning to announce the results “in the first week of June,” preferably before June 5.

The polling dates in Bengal are on April 17, April 24, April 30, May 7 and May 12.

To ensure that the process of preparation of the Madhyamik results is not hampered by the polls, the secondary education board is constantly monitoring the work of the examiners and head examiners so they submit the marks by the scheduled date, said board administrator Kalyanmoy Ganguly.

The board has set up a team that is in regular touch with the examiners and head examiners and reminding them the dates for submission of the marks.

Board officials have also urged the district magistrates to help them get in touch with examiners in remote areas who cannot always be contacted over the phone.

Nearly 10,52,000 students have appeared in Madhyamik this year, while around 45,000 examiners and head examiners are on evaluation duty.

“It is a huge task to keep constantly in touch with such a large number of teachers. But we must complete the process of collecting the marks early this time as the elections coincide with a most crucial phase of the process of preparation of the Madhyamik results,” a board official said.

The task of meeting the result deadline is more difficult this year because the poll panel has drafted 250 board employees doing the result-related work for the elections.

HS council president Mahua Das said the council, too, has asked the teachers not to miss the deadlines for completing the evaluation of answer scripts and submitting the marks. “We are not pressuring the teachers but have directed them to submit the marks on the scheduled dates,” said Das.

Nearly 800,000 examinees wrote the Higher Secondary exam and over 30,000 teachers are on evaluation duty.

The council, too, will face staff constraint during the polls as a large number of employees have been commissioned for the elections.