Sunday, June 18, 2017

Parents plan to take CBSE mark row to PM Modi and MHRD

Times of India: Minati Singhal: Bhubaneshwar: Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Parents not happy with scores of their children in class XII examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have decided to take up the issue with the prime minister Narendra Modi and union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.
Hundreds of aggrieved parents from across the state on Saturday assembled during a state-level convention of parents' against irregularities in publication of CBSE XII results. They urged the state government to extend the last date of form fill up in state colleges and publication of re-evaluated results within 15 days. They also demanded a high-level enquiry into the alleged irregularities by the board.
"Things are going worse instead of improving by the day. Valuable time of children's career is being lost and we are heading towards uncertainties. Even after the HC order we don't know whether we will get justice or not. So we have decided to make a last effort and approach prime minister Narendra Modi and MHRD and urge them to look into the matter," said Sudarshan Das, president of Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangha, a state-level parents' association.
After students moved to Orissa High Court alleging mark discrepancies in their class XII marks the HC has ordered CBSE to re-evaluate answer books of 177 students in two phases. The re-evaluation of answer books of 18 students revealed minor or no changes in the marks. The court has asked to publish the re-evaluated results of another 159 students by June 30.
"The CBSE officials have admitted that there have been some changes in marks after re-evaluation of the answer books of 18 students. Why even one mark will increase or decrease? Does it not prove the lack of seriousness of CBSE in checking answer sheets? And who will responsible for it?" said Basudev Bhatt, convenor of the parents' association.
The association has also planned to constitute a committee of retired teachers and evaluators of CBSE schools to verify whether the re-evaluation of the answer books has been done properly or not.
The parents also raised the issue of paying Rs 1700 per subject for obtaining photo copy of answer sheet and re-evaluation of 10 questions of each paper. "While the Supreme Court ruling says that a student can get photo copy of his or her answer sheets through Right to Information (RTI) act paying a nominal cost, they are forced to bear the financial burden. But no one is listening to our pleas," said another parent.
Clarifying the fees issue, a CBSE press release said, as per the board's prescribed procedure of 2016 for re-evaluation fee of Rs 700 per subject for obtaining photocopy of an evaluated answer book and a fee of Rs 100 per question (maximum 10 questions only) is required to be paid for the purpose of re-evaluation of answer book. Therefore to say that there has been a fee hike is totally wrong, the release added.
In another development, the Odisha government on Saturday allowed all 177 students to apply for plus three or degree admission in various colleges across the state through SAMS resource centres. The students have to submit a photo copy of the HC order directing re-evaluation of their answer books with the application forms, official sources said.