Though students,parents and schools have welcomed the MSBSHSE move to start the process of revaluation of answersheets this year onwards,the exorbitant fee could deter many from making use of the facility.
As per the procedure laid down by the board,Rs 700 will be required to be paid for each paper. Moreover,the board is non-committal on sharing the outcome of the process with candidates within a minimum time frame.
To get their answers reassessed for marks,students need to get a photocopy of the answer-sheet and within five days of receiving it,apply for revaluation. MSBSHSE is set to charge Rs 300 for this,while it already charges Rs 400 for the photocopy of answer-sheets of each subject. Thus,a students needs to pay Rs 700 per subject for revaluation.
Defending the fee,MSBSHSE chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said the overall fee was less compared to other boards as well as several universities.
Also,the fee has to be a little high since there has to be some check on applications received. If fee is too low,we would be flooded with revaluation applications. This would result in an extra burden on our system,which could collapse catering to revaluation applications alone, he said.
Civic activist and career counsellor Vivek Velankar told Newsline that the fee is not justified. The board cannot cite examples of fees of other boards or universities since its student base is larger than any of them, he said.
He highlighted the need of sharing the outcome of revaluation process within a week to serve the basic purpose behind the revaluation.
To this,Jadhav said board was still working on modalities and attempts would be made to share the outcome within a fortnight or so.
The board had received a significant number ( 7,773) of applications from candidates for getting photocopies of answersheets last year.