As many as 92 students, who were led to believe they had failed, can breathe easy now. 82 HSC students and 10 SSC students, who had earlier scored failing grades, were declared passed by the board after their answer sheets were evaluated. To add to these figures, a whopping 445 HSC and 209 SSC students’ papers have returned with increased marks.
While the change in scores is certainly good news for the students — many of whom will now qualify for the colleges of their choice — the high number of changed results has alarmed others, raising questions about the accuracy of the board’s evaluation process.
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State board officials, however, have reacted quite nonchalantly, saying the numbers should not be a cause for concern. “See, one has to compare these figures with the total number of students who appeared for the exam. From Pune division, over one lakh students each appear for SSC and HSC exams. So, this one or two per cent deviation can be registered in re-evaluation,” Krishnakumar Patil, secretary of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) said to mid-day.
While officials remain unperturbed, the change in grades has affected even those who have benefited from it. Tanmay Lalvani is happy that his percentage has increased from the earlier 93 to 94.2 per cent after re-evaluation, but admission problems persist. His father, Vijay, said that the improved marks mean Tanmay now qualifies for a seat at his desired institute — Fergusson College (FC). “We have applied to the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) and are now waiting for admission to FC. But, in the first round of admissions, we had to confirm Abasaheb Garware College. So, now, after getting approval from CAP, we have to first cancel our earlier admission and only then will Tanmay get admission at FC,” Vijay said.
He added, “If the board had given us the re-evaluated result within 15 days, we would have been able to claim better seats in the online admission round itself. But we received the result after almost a month.” The story is similar with several other students who have had to wait weeks for fresh results, while the three online rounds of centralised admissions to Standard XI have passed them by.
In fact, there are still several who are yet to receive their new results. Of the 920 students who applied for rechecking after the result declaration on June 17, 358 have still not received their scores. And, of the 1,358 who had demanded a complete re-evaluation, as many as 110 are still waiting for photocopies of their answer sheets, which is only the first step in the process. The number of pending HSC results, however, is comparatively low. Only 8 of the original 1,797 that had asked for rechecks have not been informed of their marks. And of the 304 who had asked for re-evaluation, 46 await their new marks.
The state board’s Pune division secretary, Pushpalata Pawar, said, “We are trying our best to issue re-evaluation and rechecking results as early as possible. One of the reasons for pending results is that many students who had applied have still not collected their revised results or answer sheet photocopies.”
In the past few days, the CAP committee has received three applications from students who hope to get seats in better colleges with their increased marks. Considering the large number of students who are receiving increased marks or have recently passed, the number of admission requests will only increase.
CAP Chairperson and Deputy Director of Education Suman Shinde has said that all students whose SSC scores increase after board re-evaluation will be eligible to ask for fresh admission based on their revised marks. “We have appealed to students to apply through the ongoing offline admission process. Even if a student receives his re-evaluation result after the Std XI admission process gets over, we will ensure that he or she will get a seat in a junior college on the basis of their merit and that college’s cut-off marks,” she said.
However, she refused to comment on the board’s delay in issuing results. Meanwhile, Patil has said that every college evaluates the papers based on instructions from the state board. He added that if the board notices particular colleges where results have changed dramatically, the cases will be assessed.
Number of students who received increased marks after the HSC/SSC re-evaluation process