TSBIE Secretary denies gaffes on large scale

Admits that examiners could have erred in some cases; promises transparency

By Author  |  Published: 23rd Apr 2019  12:06 amUpdated: 23rd Apr 2019  1:16 am

Hyderabad: Facing widespread criticism on alleged mistakes in the recently announced Intermediate results, Secretary, Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE), A Ashok, on Tuesday maintained that field level workers, including examiners, may have committed some errors, which could have impacted a few students but not all.

“There might be technical oversight in some cases and we are willing to address them in a transparent way on an individual basis with the students. There have been allegations that large number of answer sheets have gone missing, which is utterly false. Security measures for the safety of answer sheets is on a par with EVMs,” he maintained.

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Interacting with presspersons at BIE, Nampally, the top official acknowledged that examiners may have committed mistakes in ‘bubbling’ the OMR sheets. “In one particular case, a girl Navya got 0 marks instead of 99 marks because of the examiner’s mistake. We have already rectified this error, served a charge memo to the examiner and we will take action against him,” he said.

On the issue of transparency, the BIE Secretary said that so far the board has received over 4,000 applications for revaluation and after the process is complete, answer sheets will be directly released to the students.

Refutes rumours

Ashok also repudiated rumours that some students absent for the examinations had received passing marks. “Incidents of students getting pass marks after they were marked absent are impossible,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, Secretary, Higher Education, B Janardhan Reddy, said that re-valuation and recounting takes place every year but it was impossible to offer such facility free of cost. He said the BIE could extend the last date for re-valuation and recounting and if evaluators were found committing blunders in answer sheets, a penalty of Rs.5,000 would be imposed on examiners and Rs.2,500 for scrutinisers.

“There have been a few errors in exams results and to sort out issues, a three-member expert committee was formed and they would submit a report in three days. The parents and students need not worry about the issues,” he said.

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