THE ENTIRE system of evaluating answer sheets of High School and Intermediate of UP Board calls for evaluation. Except for the remuneration amount, there have been no review or changes in the system for the last 25 years. For instance, teachers are forced to sit on classroom benches to evaluate copies instead of a proper chair and table, as per the rule. In many cases, teachers are made to evaluate 70 to 80 answer sheets a day against the existing norm of evaluating 45 copies a day.india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 23:57 IST
THE ENTIRE system of evaluating answer sheets of High School and Intermediate of UP Board calls for evaluation. Except for the remuneration amount, there have been no review or changes in the system for the last 25 years. For instance, teachers are forced to sit on classroom benches to evaluate copies instead of a proper chair and table, as per the rule. In many cases, teachers are made to evaluate 70 to 80 answer sheets a day against the existing norm of evaluating 45 copies a day.
Also there are no arrangements for evaluation of copies of English medium schools as in many cases, their copies are evaluated by teachers of rural areas, who are not well versed with the language. Net result: At times, students of English medium schools have to suffer. Gradually, anomalies have crept into the system that are making it fragile. UP Madhamik Shikshak Sangh and other teachers’ body are of the view that the whole system of evaluation needs to be reviewed.
Says Om Prakash Sharma, the leader of the teachers’ group at Vidhan Parishad: “A number of evaluation centers today are under the influence of leaders of various political parties. It is no exaggeration to say that they do tend to influence evaluation work. It is not easy to know copies of which city and school are being evaluated at a centre. But if the big wigs and education mafia are keen to know, they can. This needs to be stopped.”
Representatives of Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh too are convinced that the whole system needs to be reformed. “The concept of central evaluation that was introduced in the early 80s, needs to modified with more innovative ideas. It is of utmost importance that teachers need to be stress free. And hence proper facilities —clean drinking water, adequate furniture and uninterrupted power supply — need to be made available to them. Also a part of the remuneration amount of previous years is still due. Board officials must take steps to pay the balance sum to teachers,” says RP Mishra, president of teacher’s body.
He argued: “Even after several years, the Board has not be able to ensure that copies of the English medium students be evaluated by teachers of English medium schools. Since it is not done properly, at times examinees of English medium schools have had to suffer. Though a majority of the examinees here are from Hindi medium but then interest of the English Medium schools should also be considered sympathetically.”Poor turnout of evaluators is also a big problem that needs to be sorted out.
Interestingly, Board officials tried to downplay the entire issue. Says Board chairman Vasudeo Yadav: “Shortage of teachers is not a big problem. DIOS of respective districts have been entrusted with the responsibilities to depute teachers where there is a shortage of teachers. We’re confident that evaluation work would be completeed within the stipulated 15 days.”
Government Queens College one of the six evaluation centres in the district, is a glaring example of the imbalance between the ratio of answer scripts and examiners. Answer scripts of Intermediate examinations for Home Science and Mathematics are much more than the number of appointed examiners. There are 1.60 lakh answer sheets of Hindi to be evaluated by 156 examiners only. The centre in charge has brought the matter to the notice of Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad. Another centre is the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Inter College where no teachers have been appointed to evaluate answer sheets of Chinese and Tibetan language.
EVALUATION BEGAN on Wednesday at eight centres in the city amidst mismanagement. Despite repeated instruction by the UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad, non-subject teachers were made examiners this year too, for evaluation work. Two such teachers were disallowed from evaluation work at Government Inter College here on Thursday.
The photo identity cards carried by examiners did not have the signature of principals concerned.
Many examiners of non-aided colleges described the Board order to bring their certified post-graduate degrees as discriminatory and impractical. Examiners at Bharat Scouts and Guides School complained of absence of proper security arrangements. Outsiders may enter the evaluation centre freely.
Examiners have to brave the heat owing to erratic power supply. Net result: They give vent to their anger and award less marks to the examinee. Shortage of evaluators has also hit the evaluation work at various centres. Five evaluation centres were made in the district to check the copies of around 15 lakh examinees. At Govt Jubilee Inter College only 281 evaluators are evaluating against 634 evaluators allotted to the centre to check 3,34,460 copies of intermediate. Similar is the situation in other centers as well.
In various cases, posts are not duly sanctioned in unaided schools but teachers are teaching subjects. Principals of such colleges have issued certificates to them and without proper verification these certificates were sent to UP Board, which made these ‘teachers’ evaluators of subjects.
THE UP Board has made six evaluation centers in Kanpur City, two for Intermediate and four for High school. The evaluation heads of most centers reported absenteeism of evaluation staff. About 5.6 lakh copies of Intermediate and 9.05 copies of different subjects of High School have been allotted to Kanpur city.