Assessors of Class 12 and Class 10 exams are paid a measly Rs 1.75 to Rs 5 per answer sheet, depending on the length of the paper, raising questions over the quality of assessment in the state board exams.
Despite demands from the teachers' unions for a revision of the 2008 rates, the government is yet to act on it.
"If this is the rate of payment, what will the quality of corrections be?" said Amar Singh, president of the Mumbai Junior College Teachers' Union.
However, examiners who correct university exam papers get up to Rs 14 per paper.
Board officials said students' fees would have to be revised to increase the remuneration and that the issue was in the state government's hands. "We can't do anything until fees are raised," said a board official.