Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 4:
Over 10, 000 Odisha students dissatisfied with the marks awarded to them in the plus two exams, accompanied by their guardians, were seen standing in long, serpentine queues under the harsh sun for the third day running today at the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) head office here waiting for their turn to submit their applications for revaluation and photocopies of their answer sheets.
CHSE authorities have opened only four counters for depositing application forms and fees for revaluation resulting in long queues adding to the misery of the students. Students complained of standing in the queues since early morning waiting for their turn to come.
Aggrieved students and their parents complained to the media about very low marks in subjects like subjects like Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Students said after toiling so hard for their examinations, they were dejected with the marks awarded.
One student, who was in the queue, said he has got zero in Maths and Biology while he had done well in the examinations and was expecting around 80 marks in Maths and at least 60 in Biology.
“I got ridiculously low marks in Sanskrit of all subjects, which normally is a high scoring subject,” said a girl student who claimed she had been waiting in the queue for eight hours.
“We are being subjected to this kind of torture under the burning sun for which we are in no way responsible,” said another irate student.
Students complained that the toll free helpline numbers were not functioning. To add salt to their misery, CHSE authorities reportedly told them here that they have deposited Rs 16,000 for the restoration of the toll-free telephone service at the earliest.
Meanwhile, members of the ABVP and BJP Yuva Morcha, who were protesting here against the faulty evaluation by the CHSE and demanding resignation of the Higher Education minister and the CHSE chairman, had a scuffle with the police today. Since then the area has been fortified with additional police deployment.