The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 2 , 2014
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Council leash on paper reviewers

Students who appeared for matriculation and intermediate examinations under Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) this year can hope for fair evaluation.

The council has revised the scrutiny process and introduced measures to bring evaluators under the scanner.

Chairperson of JAC Anand Bhushan visited the steel city on Tuesday to inspect East Singhbhum’s three evaluation centres for intermediate papers — Jamshedpur Workers’ College, Graduate School College for Women and Karim City College.

According to the new method of scrutiny, an evaluator has to correct an answer sheet and crosscheck the totalling twice before it is fed into the computer.

This apart, every evaluator has been given a rubber stamp to put an impression on the copies they check.

These stamps bear the names of the evaluators and the colleges they hail from.

“We are trying our best to be student-friendly. If there are totalling mistakes in the copies we receive for re-scrutiny, the respective evaluators will be pulled up. Also, we have asked evaluators to be careful when they dictate marks into the persons who feed them to the computer. For example, 17 can be heard as 70. So, evaluators have been told to read it as seven and zero,” Bhushan said during his visit.

Sources said Bhushan visited the city as he wanted to have a first-hand experience of how the evaluation process was being carried out.

“The process has improved since last time. I believe each student will get the marks he/she deserves this time. We will also try to declare results before any other state board does,” said Bhushan.

Notably, the council has taken a number of steps to improve intermediate results this year.

Teachers’ workshops, mock tests for science subjects and model question papers have been introduced to improve the intermediate results, which have been consistently poor since the state was formed, especially in science.

“It is surprising that teachers are indifferent to such a dismal state of affairs. We have started initiatives and teachers will need to change their mindsets,” Bhushan said.

The evaluation for intermediate exam papers began on March 24 and will continue till April 10.

This year, the council plans to introduce more changes to boost performance.

These include starting mock tests in arts and commerce subjects.