The result of Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will be delayed once again after incorrect solutions were detected in the model answers supplied to teachers for evaluation, a senior official said on Wednesday.
“We are working hard to ensure publication of both Class 10 and Class 12 board results by May end, but it may stretch to a very maximum to the first week of June,” said Bihar board chairman Anand Kishor.
Kishor said that due to a number of initiatives to make the exam process foolproof, the processes have to be followed. He added as the number of mistakes in different subjects was not very high, grace marking would be done through the software.
“We will also take action against teachers who committed mistakes in the model answers and bar them from next year. This is also a lesson for future, as we don’t usually get the model answers prepared by teachers verified,” he said.
For this year, the board has decided to compensate students with grace marks for wrong solutions in the model answers so that they don’t suffer. “With the errors detected after the completion of the evaluation process, there is not much the board can do at this stage,” an official said.
The board said earlier it will declare the results of Class 10 and 12 exams by the end of May after an agitation by school teachers demanding better pay and service conditions delayed the evaluation of answer sheets.
It had decided to complete the evaluation of intermediate or Class 12 answer sheets between March 15-30 and those of Class 10 between April 1-15 so that it could have ample time to process and tabulate.
However, it was stumped by the agitation ‘Shiksha Satyagraha’ of around 22,000 secondary teachers from April 1, which threatened to derail the evaluation process. Around 15,000 teachers from aided institutions also joined the agitation and stayed away from evaluation work.
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.