Unhappy with the results of the Class 12 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations, declared on May 21, students and teachers staged a protest near the board’s Patna office on Monday.
Around 100 students and their parents gathered at the spot to allege that low marks were awarded by the CBSE in several subjects, especially mathematics. The protesters complained that despite performing exceedingly well in the examinations, they were awarded low scores due to “blunders” on the part of the central education board.
“I was given one mark in mathematics, three in physics and seven in chemistry. I wrote the examination well, and was confident that I would score at least 60 marks in each,” alleged Vishwajeet Singh, a student.
While Nikhil Raj scored 95 in chemistry, 88 in physics and 85 in English, he was given a paltry three marks in mathematics. “How is this even possible?” he exclaimed.
Many other students secured less than 10 marks in mathematics, though they claimed to have fared well in the Joint Entrance Examination and other competitive tests. “I got nine in mathematics. But I cleared JEE-Main with 200 marks,” said Ritu Raj Prasad, a private candidate.
Rajiv Kumar said that his son, Swapnil, was given low scores in physics and mathematics for no fault of his. “He has never secured such low marks. The CBSE is ruining my son’s future,” he said.
Some students also questioned the low marks given to them in subjects like English, physical education and painting.
Ripu Singh complained that while he secured 90 marks in English in the pre-board examinations, the CBSE accorded him a mere 45. “This is unacceptable. I was extremely happy with the way I wrote the examination, and I simply cannot believe that I got such low marks,” they said.
Rakhi Kumari’s father Ajay Kumar said she got six marks in mathematics and 27 in painting. “Who fails in painting?” he wondered.
The protesters demanded that free re-evaluation of the answer sheets be conducted immediately. “Union HRD minister Smriti Irani said students would get grace marks in mathematics because the examination was tough. Where are those grace marks? We demand a re-evaluation or a re-test. Our future is at stake,” one of them demanded.
“The CBSE extorts money in the name of re-evaluation. The process is lengthy too. We demand justice,” another student added.
When contacted, Patna CBSE regional officer RR Meena said the online link for re-checking will be provided on or after May 25. “No offline requests for the same will be accepted. The issue raised by the students and parents pertains to the CBSE head office,” he added.