Maharashtra SSC examiners demand more time to check answer sheets
The teachers’ association has demanded hikes in their remuneration toomumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2017 00:41 IST
Examiners and moderators — who recheck corrected answer papers — have demanded more time and remuneration for assessment of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams, which is drawing to a close this week. The state education board set tighter deadlines for paper correction this year because the exams had started a week later than usual, but teachers complained that it is impossible to complete the assessments in such a short time.
Since the SSC exams began on April 7 to avoid a clash with elections, SSC examiners were given 10 days to correct 200-250 answer sheets for languages and 400 for other subjects. Usually, they get 15 to 20 days to correct these many papers.
To make matters worse, transporting the papers from the custody to the school or college, and then distributing it to individual examiner or moderators, alone takes two to three days, complained teachers. “Just a week is not enough to check the papers properly. We need more time,” said Rajesh Pandya, teacher, Fatimadevi English High School and member of the Teachers Democratic Front.
Additionally, the association has demanded hikes in their remuneration, which has been stagnant since 2008. Teachers receive Rs150 as a reimbursement for transport and Rs1.75 to Rs3.50 for each paper corrected.
“The promised remuneration is given months after the result is announced. So the deadlines seems to apply only to teachers and not the board,” said Pandya.
Board officials admitted that they have set tighter deadlines. “The exams started late this year owing to BMC elections, but according to Supreme Court orders we have to announce results before June 5,” said Siddheswar Chandekar, secretary of the board’s Mumbai division. He added that the board has not yet made a decision on the hike in remuneration.