Kollam: Kerala State Child Rights Commission has ordered the teacher and Chief Examiner to pay Rs 25,000 each to a student for wrongly accessing the Higher Secondary Examination. The amount will be deducted from their salaries. And there is a suggestion to include disciplinary action from the teachers who commit such glaring exam evaluation mistakes by deducting money from their salaries.
The Higher Secondary branch had submitted a charge sheet against the concerned teachers so that strict action will be taken from the higher authorities. The order was issued following a complaint lodged with the commission by R Podimon, father of JP Pooja, a Plus Two student of Thodiyoor Govt Higher Secondary School in Karunagapally.
The complaint was lodged regarding the evaluation of the examination papers for 2018-2019 academic year. Though Pooja was expecting an A-plus in all subjects, she got only B Plus in English. When they checked a copy of the answer sheet, 65 marks were written on the score sheet. But the total marks were written as 43 marks. And during re-evaluation, she scored 72 marks. According to the complaint, not only did his daughter go through a lot of emotional pain due to the wrong evaluation she was also denied the accolades Plus two A-plus winners received. The examination papers were evaluated by the Chief Examiner of Malappuram BHSS School, P Rafeeq and Benazir Fathima, Asst. Examiner KG, Govt Higher Secondary School, Tirurangadi
Benazir had submitted an apology to the Commission, citing family issues for the error on her part. Her father has brain tumour and recently her mother was to undergo Bypass surgery. Though the Chief Examiner was given 6 months’ time to appear before the commission, he did not turn up. In an investigation by the examination section joint director, the teachers were proven guilty, and a charge sheet has been filed to take strict action from the higher authorities. The order was issued under Section 15 of the Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child Act 2005 as the offences violated the laws relating to the rights of the child.
The State Child Rights Commission member Renee Antony has ordered to pay Rs 50,000 from the salaries of teachers as compensation to a student for making a serious mistake in the evaluation of Plus Two examination papers. Meanwhile, teachers are concerned about harsh measures being taken against them, even for minor variation of marks during revaluation. Earlier, action against teachers engaged in valuation duty was recommended if a variation of over 10 marks was detected during revaluation. Now, the Higher Secondary Directorate has stated in an RTI response that a difference of five marks or above will be considered.