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SSC, HSC students make beeline for 'futile' rechecking

While as many as 277 SSC students asked for answer sheet photocopies yesterday alone, students and parents say revised marks usually come after admissions are over

The state board’s processes are far from error-free, as mid-day’s front-page report on Thursday (‘SSC board fails school topper, turns out she scored 94%) amply demonstrated.

To ensure that they haven’t been victims of similar errors, hundreds of SSC and HSC students have been lining up at the Mumbai divisional board office in Vashi to get photocopies of their answer sheets, which is the first step in the rechecking process. Nearly 277 SSC students applied for photocopies yesterday alone “I have always scored well in my English paper.

It is impossible that I scored only 60 marks in the board exams, which is my score according to the website. Even in the preliminary examinations, I had topped my class in the paper.

My class teacher has advised that I get my answer sheet rechecked,” said Nalini Shrikumar, an SSC student from a Navi Mumbai school, who had queued up at the office with several others to submit her application.

The board office has already received several applications from HSC students, but the students say they are not expecting their marks to change in time for the admissions. “I applied for a photocopy of my son’s answer sheet on June 5 and I still haven’t received it.

Without the photocopy, I can’t apply for rechecking. This process is too lengthy and cumbersome,” said Xavier Louis, father of an HSC student from St Xavier’s College. Louis, like several others, is worried that he won’t get the revised marksheet before admissions in colleges end.

Long process
According to the process followed by the state board, a student has to first apply for photocopies of the answer sheets of the subjects he wants to get rechecked.

The photocopied answer sheet has to be assessed by the subject teacher in the school/college the student is from and sent back to the board with markings made by the teacher.

The board then sends this to the exam moderator for that particular subject, who reassesses the paper and takes the changes pointed out by the subject teacher into consideration.

This sheet is then be sent to the Pune board office for the changes, if any, to be approved and included in the revised marksheet. The entire process can take over two months.

“By the time I get my revised marksheet in August or September, no college will be open for admissions. So my struggle to get my paper rechecked will prove futile,” said another HSC student who is still awaiting the photocopy of his answer sheet.

Year lost
In fact, many students from the science stream often end up losing a year and appearing for the entrance exams the next academic year so they can give a combined total of their revised HSC marks and the entrance tests.

The other side
Mumbai divisional board chairman Laxmikant Pande said, “The process takes time as there are lakhs of answer sheets. But once we get the answer sheet after it is assessed by the subject teacher, we make sure that no time is wasted. Students will get their revised marksheets at the earliest.”

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