The Madhya Pradesh high court has directed the state secondary education board to pay Rs 1 lakh to a student for erroneously giving 24 marks in Sanskrit in her class 10 exam. Revaluation revealed she had scored 84.
Khushboo Kayasth of Mhow secured more than 80 in all her subjects in the board exam, but did poorly in Sanskrit.
The shocked girl and her family were confident of securing more than 90 marks in the subject. But the board’s error was detected, much to her relief, when her answer-script was revaluated on the family’s request.
Unhappy with the board’s carelessness and putting a student in trauma, lawyers KPS Suresh and Umesh Manshore filed a writ petition in the high court on the girl’s behalf.
‘Take appropriate departmental action against the evaluator’
A division bench of Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice DK Paliwal pronounced the verdict on August 23, asking the board to take “appropriate departmental action” against the evaluator.
The order barred the evaluator from checking answer-scripts for three years.
The judges said, “...While evaluating an answer-sheet, a teacher has to be extremely alert. He cannot afford to forget he is deciding the fate and future of the younger generation. He cannot afford to behave in an asinine manner, which will make the entire valuation process a farce.”