That the faulty evaluation of CBSE 12th results has been giving sleepless nights to thousands of students and their parents from across the state ever since the results were declared on May 28 would be an understatement! Even as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought Union Minister Prakash Javedkar’s intervention into the matter on Tuesday and two officials from the board arrived in the capital on Wednesday to probe the matter, there seem to be no end to their worries.
As per reports, thousands of students from Odisha, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have been affected by the discrepancies that have come to fore in the evaluation. Many students have scored only single digit numbers in all subjects while results of many others have been withheld! The students and parents have been protesting in front of the CBSE office in the city for the last three days but in vain.
Sambhav Kumar, a Humanities student of KV No.1, told MCL, “I have secured only 74%, while I was hoping for more than 90%. I was sure about my papers and expected about 90-95 marks in both History and Political Science, but have scored badly in both the subjects. Now I am not sure how can I even apply for Delhi University for further studies?”
Sandhya Jena, Principal of BJEM School said, “In our school, result of three students was withheld but then they have all passed in the exam. Besides, a drastic fall in result has been noticed as compared to last year. For example, last year in biology, the average score was within 75 to 80, but it is around 60 this time. There are a lot of speculations regarding why these problems have surfaced. It might be the fault of teachers who have checked the paper or it can be a technical error but it has had a direct impact on students and their career is at stake.”
Another student from DAV Chandrasekharpur, Naimisha said, “My result was withheld initially. When I got it in the evening, I saw that I have scored 95 in Political Science, but have just passed in rest of the subjects. While I was expecting a 90 plus percentage, this result is unacceptable. Again, there is no facility for re-checking. Even if we have to get a xerox copy of our answer sheet, we have to pay Rs 700 per subject along with an additional Rs 500 registration fees. How can we afford this?”
Banapriya Rout, mother of Simran Rout, a Commerce student of DM School, said, “My daughter expected at least 80%, but she has secured a meagre 51%. That apart, she got only six marks in her ‘Business Studies’ paper, for which she has failed and has to give a compartmental exam to pass. She is quite unhappy with this. There is no facility for re-evaluation of the papers and CBSE officials have left us in confusion after the protest.”
Pradipta Nayak, Vice President of Parents’ Association, told MCL, “Career of thousands of students is at stake now due to these results. CBSE was trying to publish the results quickly as there was a delay in conducting the exam due to the elections. I think these technical errors have occurred all in a hurry. We have thought of taking legal action and filing petitions on an individual basis for those students who have either secured very less or have failed in the exam. We have also thought of requesting the court to ask CBSE to implement moderation policy in our state just like in Delhi.”