Bihar board results delayed again; Class 10 now in mid-June, Class 12 by May end
The results of the Class 10 board examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will be delayed yet again and is likely to stretch to mid-June and that of Class 12 may now be declared by the end of May.Board exams 2017 Updated: May 24, 2017 18:15 IST
The results of the Class 10 board examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will be delayed yet again and is likely to stretch to mid-June and that of Class 12 may now be declared by the end of May.
“We are working hard but the matriculation may stretch to the second week of June,” Bihar board chairperson Anand Kishor said.
On May 17, Kishor said they could be declared in the first week of June. The delay was earlier attributed to the 15-day strike by teachers and then to the detection of wrong solutions in the model answers supplied to the teachers for evaluation.
The board has decided to compensate students with grace marks this year for the wrong solutions in the model answers so that they don’t have to suffer.
Sources said there were other problems that surfaced during the processing of results due to bar coding of answer sheets and use of OMR sheets as they were handled by untrained teachers.
“Besides, the board is treading cautiously with toppers this year and has formed a committee comprising subject experts to verify the marking of top 10 students,” they added.
Kishor said that due to a number of initiatives to make the examination process foolproof, a few measures had to be followed. “We will also take action against teachers who committed mistakes in the model answers and bar them from next year,” he added.
He added as the number of mistakes in different subjects was not very high, the grace marking would be done through the software. “This is also a lesson for future, as we don’t usually get the model answers prepared by teachers verified,” he added.
The impact of delay is already evident after the Bihar’s premiere Patna University extended the last date for filling up application forms to May 31. PU vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Pd Singh said that the date for the university entrance exams has also been extended in view of the delay in results publication.
“Earlier, the results of intermediate were expected by May 14-15 so we kept May 20 as the last date. Now, the last date has been extended to May 31, which will have a cascading effect. Civic polls and holidays also come in between,” Singh added.
Hit by reports of rampant cheating in 2015 and the intermediate toppers’ scandal a year later, the BSEB initiated reforms, including bar-coded answer books, and completed its board exams before the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE).
The intermediate exam, which was taken by over 13 lakh students, ended on February 25 and the Class 10 exam, in which over 16 lakh students appeared, got over on March 12.