Ahmedabad: 2 Jan 2016
Gujarat secondary and Higher Secondary Board (GSHSEB), failed to verify marks where it was required to do so, leading to publication of erroneous semester I results for class XI science stream. Though the board has since rectified its error, such goof-up would not have taken place, if the board had carried out verifications before declaring results -something it has been doing since 2008, but failed to do this year.
After facing a severe criticism for the goof-up, the state government has instructed the board to take action against the erring official responsible for it. The board has stripped examination controller V R Gosai of his powers as corrective measures. The board is likely to submit its report to the government by Saturday evening.
Sources in the board said that board officials have to verify the marks obtained by a student in the paper he had failed in, if he had scored above 80% in all other subjects. For example, the board should have verified the marks in Sanskrit of Parth Brahmbhatt, who had scored over 80% marks in Science and other subjects, but received only 20 marks in Sanskrit. Sources said that even the topper in semester I had initially failed in Sanskrit.
If the verification was done according to the rules, then the goof-up in answer keys would have been detected early preventing the publication of erroneous results. The issue surfaced only because all the 57,000 students had failed in Sanskrit subject. Officials said that had this number been 20%, then the goof-up in providing answer keys might have been missed altogether.
Goof ups are, of course, nothing new for the board.Earlier, it was forced to revise its answer key for Semester III on three different occasions, after major errors surfaced in the answer key.On all such occasions, the board's subject experts failed to detect the errors and the revisions took place only because students and teachers pointed out the mistakes, said Diwan Balubhai School principal Kirit Joshi.
Sources in the board said this year the board had given typed answer keys to the agency tasked with checking the paper, as the examination was conducted through optical mark reader. The board, instead of taking its own officials to task, has once again started blaming the agency for the goof up. The board officials said that instead of using the answer key of semester I, the agency had checked the papers with the answer key of semester III. Sources said that it was the duty of board officials to verify the typed answer key , and later on verify marks.But they had failed in their duty.