After months of deliberation, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to provide photocopies of answer scripts to students from this year under Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.
The results of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination will be declared on Friday. The students can apply on or before June 8 online to get the photocopies, said chairman Sarjerao Jadhav.
The photocopies will be handed over to students but the answer scripts will not be shown to them. The students who have been caught while copying will be shown their answer scripts, he said.
He said, “The students can apply online or through the post for photocopies of his/her answer scripts. The students will get photocopies at their residence. They will have to submit a demand draft of Rs400 per subject in favour of the local division board. The students will attach the photocopy of their hall ticket. When students come to the office to receive photocopies, they will have to provide photo identity cards.’’
The students then don’t have to apply for verification of marks, he said. If a student applies under RTI, then he will not be able to submit any other application, he said.
In a move to make the education system more transparent, the Maharashtra State Council of Examinations (MSCE) has decided to provide photocopies of answer scripts of its various examinations to students for a fee of Rs400. However, the students will not show the photocopies to media or for any other public use.
In August last year, the apex court had ruled that students can obtain the copies of their answer sheets under the RTI Act. The then Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Maharashtra, Vijay Kuvalekar, in 2009 had also ruled that students should be given copies of their answer sheets for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE).
However, the board had challenged the CIC decision in the Bombay high court.