The fear of failure is so high among students writing the UP Board examinations that some of them turn to desperate measures like requesting evaluators to pass them, attaching notes and issuing threats on their answer sheets.
“Guruji kripya pass kara dijiye, nahi to pitaji gaon wapas bula lenge. Mujhe gaon nahi jana hai. (Sir, please let me pass, otherwise, my father will call me back to our village. I do not want to go back),” a class 12 student wrote on his answer sheet.
“My marriage proposal will be called off if I do not pass the examination,” was another student’s request.
An examiner at a government inter college in Lucknow said he got a currency note with an answer sheet of a student and a request to give additional marks required for passing the examination.
“A Rs 100 note was attached with an answer sheet. And there was a small message that read: Please have tea and snacks with this money. But do award me passing marks else my academic career will be doomed,” the examiner said.
Other than requests, examiners said some students even leave threatening and abusive messages.
“One such warning was: I will make your life difficult if I get to know who has evaluated my answer sheet. I can find out as one of my family members is in the education department,” an evaluator said.
However, they said such tactics are of no help to students.
“We are teachers and such things do not impact our style of work. Marks are awarded only on the merit of the answers. We discourage these kinds of tactics as they are useless,” an evaluator at Aminabad Inter College said.
‘Teachers are not machines’
Sources said examiners spend about two minutes to evaluate a high school and or an intermediate exam copy. They are expected to take about eight minutes to check a Class 10 copy and seven minutes to evaluate a Class 12 copy.
Evaluators, however, said they are often forced to evaluate the copies fast which adversely affects the quality of evaluation.
“The evaluation work begins at 10am and ends at 5pm with an hour-long lunch break in the afternoon. As per rule, a teacher is required to evaluate 50 answer sheets of high school or 40 copies of intermediate examination. This means eight high school copies or seven intermediate copies in an hour,” RP Mishra, an office bearer of UP Madhyamik Shikha Sangh, told HT.
Mishra also said the UP board should provide better infrastructure at evaluation centres.
“Teachers are not machines. The fact that they are made to sit on small benches meant for students for evaluating answer sheets is not good,” he said.
There are five evaluation centres in Lucknow: Aminabad Inter College, Rajkiya Inter College, Nishatganj, Government Jubilee Inter College, Hussainbad Inter College and BSNV College.
The evaluation process started on March 30 and will end on April 13.