SEBA’s failure to handle answer scripts Sir, – Once again the Secondary Education Board, Assam (SEBA) is caught with mishandling of the answer scripts. The way the answer scripts are examined and marked proved that the examiners are not at all serious in assessing and marking accurately, even left questions unmarked thus depriving the examinees their rightful claim. This is horrible. The other day it was reported in the Press how a guardian being dissatisfied with the marks shown in his daughter’s Marksheet applied for re-examination of the scripts but it proved to be a meaningless effort. Ultimately the aggrieved guardian asked for RTI, which brought the cat out of the bag and exposed the Board as to how it is playing with the fate of the examinees. The Board never pays heed to the complaints nor gives a serious thought that the performance of the students will play a vital role in their future life.
If a thorough enquiry is conducted there will appear a lot of such cases which have gone undetected and the poor examinees had to console themselves blaming their own fate. The Board’s approach to such incidents is very casual and it tries to cover up the lapses making the re-examination of scripts a farce. Unless a realisation takes place on the part of the Board and it penalises the wrong doers to set an alarm for others to be truthful to their responsibility the innocent students are destined to suffer.
It is high time for the Board to review the whole process of examination and to make it fool proof so that none can feel that justice is denied. Why not follow the CBSE or ICSE way where hardly such lapses appear? The Board needs to be careful in picking up persons for examination duties to ensure a fair deal. Before getting things worse the Board should take immediate corrective measures to gain the confidence of the public. We feel, there are scores of experienced persons in the line to suggest ways and means for reformation of the system in the interest of the pupils at large. – Yours etc., N SARMA, Panbazar, Guwahati.