The Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) office on Monday turned into a virtual war zone as hundreds of students and their parents protested against large-scale irregularities in Plus Two mark sheets.
Odisha Higher Education minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi directed the authorities of the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) to conduct a thorough re-evaluation of the annual Plus Two answer sheets of the students in the next 10 days.
“Students, who approached the CHSE office to complain about discrepancies, have been asked to submit their applications. The cases would be addressed within two days,” Minister of State (Independent) for Higher Education Pradeep Panigrahy told mediapersons after holding a meeting with CHSE officials.
Photostat copies of the answer sheets will be provided to all such applicants within two days and cases of gross discrepancies (single digit marks) will be sorted. If students seek further redressal, their cases will be addressed within 10 days of application, Panigrahy added.
Though the aggrieved students complained of abnormally low scores in certain subjects, the Department agreed only to re-addition and re-checking against the demands for revaluation which the CHSE statute does not provide for.
“I have scored 80 marks in physics, but 21 marks in chemistry and only seven in mathematics. They have ruined my career,” said Manoj Barik, a student. “It is admission time and many entrance examinations are going on. Why will any institute wait till my son’s mark-sheet is revised? The board’s careless approach has spoilt our child’s future,” said Bilasini Jena, a parent.
Parents blamed the goof up on the board for its hurry to publish the results in “record time” . The board only focused on prevention of leakage of question papers and neglected the importance of error-free evaluation, said another guardian of a Plus Two student.
There were also complaints regarding the hike in re-addition (of marks) fee. The fee has been hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 300. Similarly, the cost for a photocopy of answer-sheet has been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 600.