Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 31:
Contrary to the assertion of the Odisha Higher Education minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi that his department would solve the anomalies in the marks awarded to the students in this year’s annual Plus Two examinations on receipt of complaints by the aggrieved students in 10 days, i.e, by July 30, authorities of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) have made it clear that the task cannot be completed before August end.
Sources in the CHSE said only one-third of thework of re-addition of marks and preparation of copies of answer sheets has been completed so far.
A senior CHSE official said that the Council usually receives around 10,000-15,000 complaints relating to faulty marking.
However, this year, the number of complaints has gone up by over five times to over 50,000 as the students have applied for re-addition in three to five papers. As a result, the number of papers to be revised has crossed over two lakh, the official said.
Council officials have claimed that till date, they have verified 70,000 papers relating to Science subjects while marks in 1800 papers have been increased.
They have said that Arts and Commerce papers would be verified only after the verification of the remaining Science papers is completed.
The officials, however, admitted that there has been inordinate delay in the verification of papers due to lack of adequate number of teachers.
While the Council requires at least 300 teachers for the verification work every day, only 20-30 teachers are presently engaged in the work.
Though the Council has urged the Higher Education department to direct college principals to depute teachers for verification work, no effort has been made in this regard till date.
To cap it all, the Council is yet to provide a single copy of the examination paper to the students.
“The Council expects the tabulation register in a couple of days after which the process would begin. We are hopeful that the copy of the papers would be provided to the students in a week or two,” a senior Council official said.