After allowing the photocopy of answer sheets last year, in a major decision on Friday, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) gave its nod to revaluation of all SSC and HSC papers after the declaration of results. This means if a student is not satisfied with the assessment of his answers after obtaining a photocopy of the answer sheet, they can request the divisional board to re-assess his paper. The decision will be effective from this year and aims to benefit over 31 lakh students that appear for HSC and SSC board exams annually. However, to avail these facilities, the student will have to shell out Rs400 for a photocopy of their answer sheet and Rs300 for the revaluation of each paper.
Till last year, students were allowed to ask for re-totalling only and not the whole answer sheet. In 2012, the board agreed to provide a photocopy of the answer sheets under the Right to Information Act 2005, after a supreme court directive. “Nearly 21,000 HSC and SSC students had applied for photocopies of one or more papers last year. Some of them were unhappy with the assessment,” said the chairman of MSBSHSE, Sarjerao Jadhav.
He added, “Therefore, we decided to start revaluation from this year. This will help all those candidates who are not satisfied with the evaluation. This will also help us to bring transparency in the evaluation process.” The move also aims to address some of the evaluators/ moderators casual approach which can, sometimes, affect a student’s future.
The candidates need to apply for revaluation within five days of receiving the photocopy but only after consulting his/her school teacher. If the teacher feels there is a need for re-assessment, the school can issue a recommendation letter which is to go along with the revaluation form. The application can be sent to the divisional board office.
A committee of senior moderators from all districts in that board along with the chief moderator will examine all applications for a particular subject and re-assess them. Jadhav claims that the revaluation result will be declared within 15 days of application.
Meanwhile, this year’s HSC evaluation process is yet to begin as junior college teachers across Maharashtra have boycotted the exam work due to their pending issues with the state government.
Rules for revaluation
- You can apply for revaluation for one or more paper within five days of receiving photocopy of the paper
- A recommendation letter of your school/ college is compulsary
- For each paper, you have to shell out Rs400 for photocopy and Rs300 for revaluation
- The board claims that revaluation result will be declared within 15 days of application
HSC result on June 5: Board
Despite a deadlock, board officials claim that HSC results will be declared on time. The Supreme Court has ordered all education boards to declare the results by June 5. Jadhav said, “We are hopeful that deadlock will end soon and we will be able to declare HSC result by June 5.”