In the midst of fourth day of protest by scores of anguished students and parents alleging errors in the evaluation of 2nd PUC results at Pre-University Board Office in the city, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Kimane Ratnakar assured free re-evaluation on cases to case basis and postponed the announcement of Common Entrance Test (CET) results after June 1st. The minister also pushed the announcement of COMEDK results to June 8.
Indicating regret over erroneous publication of PU candidate results by two private websites, the minister said FIR is lodged against them under Section 464 (Forgery) and 471 (Fudging electronic record) at Malleshwaram police station. “To make it convenient for 6 lakh PU students who had obvious enthusiasm to know their result at the earliest we had shared the data in a CD with private websites. “However in exceptional case of resultsout.com and another portal, not only entered wrong figures before subjects, but made entries like French instead of Physics and English into Kannada, which caused error in tabulating result and eventually led to the whole confusion,” Ratnakar said. He added that there was no error from the PU Board as it used the same copy of the data while uploading its own website that was free of errors.
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According to the minister over 20,000 candidates have sought copy of the answer sheets, wheras 2825 had applied for revaluation. “Five reevlauation centres will be set up, wherein three evaluators will scrutinize each paper. If the candidate secures more than six marks in a paper then the re-evaluation fee will be refunded else fortified,”Ratnakar said.
The minister also pointed out that the PU board made an mistake by overlooking at the erroneous result that was published by the private website and secondly not giving written replies to the queries of parents and students and thereby losing their confidence that eventually snowballed into mass protest. “We have initiated a probe, if any official including Director of PU Education is found in dereliction of duty, action will be taken,” Ratnakar said.
Meanwhile Karnataka Lokayukta has taken a suo-moto investigation against PUC results discrepancy, this following the media reports and delegation of aggrieved students and parents meeting the Lokayukta. Justice Y Bhaskar Rao has directed the Principal Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education Department to finish measures taken to rectification the error, progress over revaluation, provision of answer script to students and personally submit a compliance report within seven days.