Mumbai: Unhappy with SSC scores, hundreds want re-evaluation

Hundreds of students have already begun the process of applying for re-evaluation of their answer sheets as they are unhappy with their scores in certain subjects, especially Science

Despite an unprecedented number of students making it to the 90 percent and above club in the SSC results this year, there were plenty of students queuing up with unhappy faces outside the Mumbai divisional board office in Vashi yesterday.

Since the SSC results were posted on Monday, hundreds of dissatisfied students have been lining up at the Mumbai divisional office to begin the re-evaluation process. Pic/Sameer Markande
Since the SSC results were posted on Monday, hundreds of dissatisfied students have been lining up at the Mumbai divisional office to begin the re-evaluation process. Pic/Sameer Markande

Just a day after the results were posted, the Board office received hundreds of applications for photocopies of answer sheets: the first step in requesting a re-evaluation. Both SSC and HSC students are lining up for re-evaluation, and yesterday alone, the divisional board received 1,200 such requests.

As mid-day had reported yesterday, with regard to SSC, although students generally fared better in the exams this year, they were disappointed with their marks in certain subjects (‘12,100 in city enter 90% club, pass percentage up’, June 9).

And with thousands scoring 90 per cent or more, competition for junior college seats is likely to get tougher. Students were particularly disappointed with their Science grades, although it is considered a scoring subject. Many principals pointed out how low scores in Science had pulled down the aggregate scores of students.

“Even the student who came third in my school told me that she had expected better marks in Science so she’s sending her papers for re-evaluation. Now a days, with so many students part of the 90%-plus brigade, each and every mark counts and determines which college they’ll get through,” said Sister Gail, principal of Mary Immaculate Girls High School, Borivli.

Teachers said that while the paper was a little difficult, the assessment seemed to be stricter this year as well. “Maths and Science are scoring subjects, and usually the cream of the class ends up scoring a full 100 marks in these subjects.

While students have managed the task in Maths, surprisingly very few have managed the same in Science this year,” said Aarti Singh, a teacher at a Khar school, adding that from a batch of 430 students who appeared for the SSC from her school this year, almost 30 per cent had already informed the school that they will apply for re-evaluation.

However, according to the Board officials, assessment was not especially strict this year. “There hasn’t been stricter assessment in any subject; the protocol for moderators was same as every other year. If students feel the assessment was harsh, they can apply for photocopies and check for themselves,” said a senior official from the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) in Pune.

So far, the authorities at the Mumbai division have received nearly 7,000 applications for answer sheet copies fro both HSC and SSC students so far. “Students will get their photocopies in a few days and will have to apply for re-evaluation within five days of receiving the copies. They can get their answer sheet photocopy evaluated by their own teacher at school and then apply for reevaluation,” said Laxmikant Pande, Mumbai divisional board chairman.

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