Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 2:
Odisha Higher Education minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi today directed the authorities of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) to conduct a thorough re-evaluation of the annual Plus Two answer sheets of the students in the next 10 days after they complained of faulty evaluation.
The directive of the minister came following widespread resentment among the students and their parents and guardians across the state over what they alleged was faulty evaluation.
Briefing the media in the evening, the Higher Education minister said; “I have said earlier that the students will be provided with the photo copy of the papers they have demanded re-evaluation, by the CHSE within 48 hours after submitting the particulars in the re-addition form. If any student, after going through his/her answer sheets, finds any discrepancy, the expert committee of the CHSE would take up necessary measures. Appropriate action would be taken in case the faulty evaluation is detected”, the minister added.
“We have received several applications from the students requesting re-evaluation of their papers. We have specifically asked the CHSE authorities to re-check the answer sheets that have been awarded with single digit marks”, additional secretary, Higher Education Durga Prasad Behera said.
He also informed that the students seeking re-evaluation, can contact the CHSE authorities with two helpline numbers— 0674-2300907 and 0674-2300903 for further details.
Tensions ran high at the CHSE head office in the capital city here this morning as hundreds of students and their guardians gheraoed senior officials, including CHSE chairman Dr Basudev Chhatoi, protesting faulty evaluation of answer sheets.
Angry students even snatched the certificates and mark sheets from some college teachers and set them on fire.
The students, who later staged dharna in front of the CHSE office, alleged faulty evaluation in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Sanskrit and Biology.
“It is not correct to say that the evaluation was wrong since some students have secured 90 percent and above in these aforesaid subjects. However, I have received complaints from the students who have secured poor marks. I will certainly look into it. I am also equally concerned about my students and will do the needful at the earliest”, Chhatoi said.