Board examinations: 370 teachers under lens for ‘intentionally’ erring in evaluation

Gujarat education board has no criteria and guidelines to as per the category of mistakes and penalise them accordingly.

Written by RITU SHARMA | Ahmedabad | Updated: September 16, 2016 6:05 pm

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has identified more than 370 evaluators only from one stream — Class XII General — who at the preliminary investigation by the GSHSEB appears to have “intentionally” erred in their job.

Despite framing a selection policy for evaluators called for the evaluation of 2016 state board examinations of Class X and XII by the GSHSEB that did not include any of those who had a record of making similar errors in evaluation in the year 2015, as many as 370 evaluators, more than double the number of 180 shortlisted previous year, have been identified and issued notices for a hearing, expected to be scheduled in the last week of September.

In addition to evaluators failing to do their job properly, worse is the fact that despite apparent ‘intentional’ mistakes, GSGSEB has no criteria and guidelines to as per the category of mistakes and penalise them accordingly. The board had powers to only impose a penalty of only Rs 100 that could be stretched to a maximum of Rs 500 for an error of 10 marks in evaluation.

Sources in the GSHSEB revealed that this increase in the number of evaluators from 180 to 370 would have been far more if the board would not have ignored minor mistakes like a difference of one or two marks in totalling and entry.

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“We have ignored a difference of one or two marks in tallying and data entry, but identified major blunders like answers or portions not evaluated, completely ignoring duplication of answers and awarding marks, wrong entry of marks reflecting major differences and even major discrepancies error in totalling,” revealed a senior board official.

With previous years experiences, prior to the selection of evaluators, the GSHSEB had also passed a resolution framing the selection rules. As per these rules, point system (total 100 points) was introduced rating the teachers applying for evaluation.

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For instance, for every teaching year experience and subject teaching experience (maximum 35 years for each) one point, ten points for graduation, five for post graduation, 10 for graduate training and five for MEd/MPhil. With a clause that the number of subject experience should not be more than the teaching experience. “The identification of such evaluators is almost complete. This will be followed by issuing notices to them for a hearing,” confirmed GSHSEB deputy chairman R R Thakkar.

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