When the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board makes mistakes, Rs 3.64 crore of the taxpayers’ money goes into correcting it.
The state board — under which 14 lakh examinees have studied long hours this year to turn in error-free copy — has ordered re-print of 13 lakh Class 10 Marathi books after the earlier batch of copies were found to be full of spelling mistakes.
In March, the board was forced to award each student a 30-mark bonus after setting some mathematics papers at difficulty levels that it could not explain.
The mistakes in the books came out in public after local unit of Bharatiya Janata Party led by Corporator Vikas Mathakari and Medha Kulkarni asked former SSC board Chairman and currently Director, Maharashtra State Textbook Production and Curriculum Research (Balbharati), Vasant Kalpande about the issue. He admitted that because of orthographic errors, a fresh printing order had been issued.
“It is true that directions to reprint all the 13 lakh copies of Marathi was given to Balbharati in April by the SSC board. However, I was relieved from the charge of board chief before the issue came up. Therefore, it is not proper on my part to comment on it,” said Kalpande. Each book costs Rs 28. Balbharati distributes it on a no-profit basis, so the loss from 13 lakh copies sent to various depots across the state is Rs 3.64 crore.
Meanwhile, as Kalpande was talking to the press, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supporters entered his office and ransacked it, damaging furniture and important files.
After Kalpande had moved out in the last week of March, Vijaysheela Sardesai was made the board chief. Despite many attempts, she could not be contacted. HT also made several attempts to reach to education minister Vasant Purke. However, it was told that Purke was busy in a meeting at Mantralaya.