450 ‘careless’ examiners of board papers face action in Punjab
Punjab education department to issue show-cause notices to teachers, giving them 21 days to replyUpdated: Sep 29, 2017 10:57 IST
Chandigarh The Punjab government has decided to initiate action against 450 schoolteachers responsible for serious discrepancies in evaluation of Class 12 answer sheets in the state.
The state education department will send show-cause notices to lecturers and masters responsible for negligence in checking board examination papers of Class 12 held in March this year, seeking explanation for lapses. “The notices will be dispatched next week, giving these teachers 21 days to send their replies. Thereafter, we will decide whether to impose minor or major penalty,” said a department official. In such cases, action can vary from stoppage of increments (minor penalty) to dismissal from service (major penalty).
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), which conducts the exams for classes 10 and 12, had sent the names of these careless assessors – two-thirds of them are lecturers – to the education department after discrepancies were noticed during the re-evaluation of answer sheets. The board, which noticed huge discrepancy in original scores and marks awarded during rechecking, had also received complaints about errors in evaluation from some students.
Though the PSEB had sent the list of erring teachers about a month ago, the department officials were slow to react at first and started the process of drafting notices after secretary, school education, Krishan Kumar, told the district education officers (DEOs) at a meeting that strict action was being contemplated against teachers for negligence in checking papers.
Kumar said several teachers were not serious about evaluating answer sheets. “We have come across several instances where answers have been crossed out by assessors without checking or no marks have been awarded for some answers. In one case, there was a huge increase in scores from 13 to 53 during the paper re-evaluation. A number of students had to suffer mental torture and financial loss,” he told the district officials recently.
Kumar said several students had got copies of their answer sheets under the Right to Information Act and discovered negligence in checking. The department has sought suggestions from department officials and experts to suggest ways to curb such lapses.
In cases indicative of negligence by teachers in marking papers, the score of a student in English jumped to 43 from 10. The marks were revised to 39 from 9 after re-evaluation of paper of another student.
In Punjabi, a student’s score was revised to 70 from 10 during rechecking, whereas marks of one were revised to 57 from 44.
The score in mathematics of a student rose from 34 to 84 during re-evaluation. Another one’s marks went up from 41 to 74.
First Published: Sep 29, 2017 09:43 IST