AFTER BEING criticised for giving high grace marks to students, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has again committed a faux pas of ignoring deserving students of Class X in a ceremony which was recently held to honour the meritorious students. One of the students has sent an e-mail to the PSEB authorities and raised objections for ignoring him. Now the board is planning to quietly send trophies and cash prizes to these students.
Sources in PSEB said that the board prepared separate merit lists of toppers under sports quota and academic quota for senior secondary level and matric level. The board honoured the students of senior secondary level under both the categories but when it came to matric examination, while the students under sports category were honoured, the ones under academic category were ignored.
After the function which was held at the PSEB headquarters in Phase 8 this week, a topper in the academic category sent an e-mail to the authorities and demanded that they should also be honoured.
Simrandeep Kaur of Tarn Taran, who secured 99.08 per cent marks, was the topper in the academic category while Simranpreet Kaur bagged the second place by securing 98.92 per cent marks and Arsh Malhotra of Ludhiana was at the third position in the state by getting 98.77 per cent marks.
“It was a mistake on the part of PSEB officials who are responsible for making all the arrangements. The matter came to light when a student sent an e-mail. Now they are trying to cover up this goof-up. If the students of senior secondary level were honoured under separate categories then why not the matric students? Senior officials should be held responsible for this mistake,” said an official requesting anonymity.
Although the officials said that they had sent the cheques, the sources said that the trophies and cheques were yet to be sent. The student who tops in the examination gets Rs 1 lakh prize along with a trophy while the students with second and third positions get Rs 50,000 as prize.
When contacted, PSEB secretary Janak Raj Mehrok termed it an administrative mistake. He said that he came to know about the issue on Wednesday morning and immediately ordered his juniors to send cheques to the students.