Students appearing for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams from next year might be able to get their exam answer papers re-evaluated if the state government approves the state board’s proposal that gives students the re-evaluation option, under certain conditions.
Until this year students could only apply for their scores in certain papers to be re-totalled but not for the papers to be freshly re-evaluated.
This year, following a court order, for the first time students were able to access their answer sheets (after paying a fee). However, after getting photocopies of the answer sheets, many students found discrepancies but were helpless because the board did not have a reevaluation policy in place.
The re-evaluation scheme will be available to students in up to three papers and only in cases where they have applied for a photocopy of their answer sheet.
“The board has submitted this plan which the government will have to approve,” said S Jadhav, chairperson of the board.
A 5-member committee of subject experts comprising moderators for every division of the board will then deliberate on the merits of the applications received.
Jadhav said that if the policy comes into effect students should consult with their school teachers before sending in reevaluation applications.
In total, the board received around 13,500 applications from all its divisions for answer sheet copies under the Right To Information (RTI) Act this year. Jadhav claimed that in about six or seven cases there were legitimate problems with the correction of the papers.
“We had approached the education department but they said they couldn’t do anything,” said Babu Varghese who claims his son missed out 30 marks in different papers because there was no scheme for reevaluation in 2012.