Lack of uniformity in awarding marks to students by faculties: WB teachers body

Several college teachers organizations in West Bengal have stated that lack of uniformity in awarding marks by faculties in class 9 examination led to a majority of students securing larger marks in the Madhayamik (Class 10) examination.

More than 90 per cent of the students secured first division marks in this year’s Madhyamik examination and the cross proportion was a file 100 per cent. The Madhyamik examination couldn’t be held this year due to the pandemic state of affairs and the analysis was based mostly on the candidate’s efficiency in the 2019 class examination in Class 9 and inner evaluation for each topic in class 10 on a 50:50 foundation.

The instructor’s organizations additionally voiced concern that with so many students securing excessive marks and the cross proportion 100 per cent there are extra cross outs than Class 11 seats. There is cause to consider that many faculties weren’t strict in awarding class 9 examination marks to the students and the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education might do little in such conditions as that they had to go by the marks despatched by the faculties, All Bengal Post Graduate Teachers Welfare Association office-bearer Chandan Garai informed PTI Wednesday.

“Many schools are not that tough in screening students when they are promoted to class 9. The screening becomes tougher in class 10. When the board announced 50:50 ratio in good faith giving equal weightage to class 9 annual exam number and subject wise internal assessment in class 10, we had this fear about each candidate getting numbers not commensurate to their ability and that came to be true,” Garai stated. He stated the rising state of affairs will lead to lesser quantity of seats in larger secondary establishments as over 10 lakh students have handed with over 9 lakh getting first division and the students with much less benefit will profit. “Also a large number of students will try to enroll themselves in science subjects as they have got 70-80 per cent marks though they would have deserved not more than 40-45 per cent.

What would these students do after opting for science,” he puzzled. Senior instructor and office-bearer of Paschim Bango Sikshak Samity, Naba Kumar Karmakar stated round 35,000 students in metropolis and over 10 lakh in the state wouldn’t have a lot drawback to get a seat in the next secondary college however the meritorious ones could not get a faculty of their selection. “Hence we would ask the higher secondary schools to conduct an entrance test for the students, at least for science streams, so that there is a proper evaluation and the deserving ones are not deprived,” the senior instructor stated. He stated 35,000 students in metropolis will not face an issue to discover a seat in Class 11 however once more getting the correct establishment will likely be. “Also of the 10,79,749 candidates, the number of girls was fairly higher than boys this time. Hence all the girl students may find problem in getting berths in schools many of which are for boys only and several coeducational as well,” he stated.

Both stated it was uncertain if the candidates would really like to sit for offline exams now as recommended by Board as soon as the COVID-19 state of affairs improved. Tarun Naskar stated on behalf of All Bengal Save Education Committee “we had thought the pass percentage could be 100 per cent going by the 50:50 per cent evaluation methodology of the Board. This led to many candidates not getting their favourite subjects while meritorious students will suffer.” PTI SUS RG RG

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