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Saturday , April 26 , 2014
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Seba races to beat CBSE
- Board eyes May 15 for matric results

Guwahati, April 25: The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, is all set to break last year’s record of declaring matric examination results much ahead of CBSE.

Seba is expected to declare the results on May 15, a day ahead of counting of Lok Sabha votes. Last year, it had declared the results on May 17, nearly two weeks before CBSE declared Class X results. This was the first time that Seba preceded CBSE, which declares its results in the last week of May or the first week of June.

“We are confident of declaring results within the second week of May. It may be a day ahead of the counting on May 16,” Nayan Jyoti Sarmah, controller of examinations of Seba, told The Telegraph today.

Sarmah said despite the Election Commission engaging a large number of evaluators for poll duty during the time of evaluation of answer scripts in Seba, the board did not give up its target of declaring results in May and ahead of the CBSE.

There is fear and apprehension among examinees and their parents that matric results will be delayed this time because of the Lok Sabha polls that ended on Thursday.

“Many evaluators (not engaged in poll duties), board employees and officials burnt the midnight oil to compensate the loss of evaluation time because of poll duties of some other evaluators. We are still working very hard to complete processes like entering marks in marksheets and printing of result books within the stipulated deadline,” Sarmah said.

Though the Seba won accolades last year for being able to declare the results before CBSE, it also faced strong criticism for committing errors in the evaluation process. The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) had launched an indefinite strike in front of Seba office against evaluation errors and forced board chairman Shantikam Hazarika and secretary Dayaram Rajbongshi to quit.

Sarmah said the board was taking up initiatives to reform the evaluation process for error-free assessment. It has engaged 16,000 evaluators to check answer scripts of more than four lakh examinees.

Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had warned evaluators of punitive action and fines if they are found to be callous and committing errors. The controller of examinations has sought the cooperation of various quarters to ensure smooth declaration of results.