Ever wished of getting full marks in exams? Who didn’t. But how about getting more than than the total marks for a paper? That’s impossible? Well think again.
This actually happened to a class 10 student who was given 66 marks out of 50 marks in the OMR paper of science subject. The glaring error was caught by top officials of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) and the mistake rectified in time before the result was declared last month.
The rising mistakes on the part of teachers in checking papers and giving numbers is a growing concern for the board. In fact, the state board has been struggling with rising errors in paper checking. In academic year 2018-19, the board seived at least 7,200 papers where teachers had mistakes worth 10 marks and above.
“Incorrect marking by teachers during paper checking is a serious issue. Teachers will be further sensitized about being extremely cautious in paper assessment as every mark can make or break a career,” said a top board official.
This year, 22,000 teachers were engaged for paper assessment of 17 lakh-odd class 10 and 12 board students.
The board in the recent past has imposed a fine of Rs 50 per one mark mistake on teachers, Rs 75 on moderators and Rs 100 on coordinators. The penalty, however, has not led to any major reduction in the number of mistakes made by teachers.