Imagine a maths or science lecturer evaluating a Hindi answer script?
Yes, that’s exactly what is happening in the government teachers’ recruitment exercise.
In an unusual order, Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) to produce before it answer scripts of some candidates who appeared for the post of assistant primary teachers in 2007.
These candidates did not make the mark as they had failed in Hindi. The reason they cited — they were evaluated by lecturers who taught other subjects and “were not experts in Hindi”.
In their petition, Jitender Kumar and others said they got to know that a non-Hindi lecturers had evaluated their Hindi papers when they made enquiries after noticing a pattern in the exam results.
Of those with roll number from 1641001 to 1642200 (2,200 candidates) only 180 got selected but as many as 860 were selected from roll numbers 16412301 to 1641400 (2,200 candidates again).
This showed that some examiners were quite liberal in assigning marks while others were not, the petitioners claimed. There was a marked difference between how an expert in a subject evaluates and one who is not, they argued.
Admitting that non-hindi teachers had evaluated some papers, DSSSB lawyer submitted before Justice Kailash Gambhir that however all examiners had studied Hindi up to Class 12 and so any apprehension on their expertise in the subject was misplaced.
Justice Gambhir said that since the selection had already taken place and the department had issued appointment letters, the process could not be stayed. He however directed the DSSSB to produce the answer sheets before him on February 27.