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he scheme of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to provide copies of answer sheets to students has met with a cold response in its maiden year. As per the figures provided by the board, about 13.26 lakh students appeared for the HSC examination, of which over nine lakh students cleared the exam. However, only 7,740 students asked for the copies of the answer sheets. Total 14.85 lakh students appeared for the SSC examination, of which 12.8 lakh students passed and only 3,667 asked for copies of their answer sheets. For availing the copies, students need to submit an application in a prescribed format on the website of the board.
A fee of 400 per answer sheet is charged. If the total of the number of students demanding for answer sheets is calculated, not even 1% of the total number of students, including HSC and SSC, has asked for the copies. While only 0.25% students of secondary school certificate (SSC, std X) submitted application for copies of their answer sheets, a meager 0.58% students from higher secondary certificate (HSC, std XII) students applied for the same. The HSC and SSC results were announced recently, and the state board introduced a scheme where students, who are doubtful about the marks they have got, can ask to see the answer sheets.
The scheme was introduced after the Supreme Court, in a judgment in August 2011, directed the examination board to grant students access to their answer sheets. While the Mumbai division saw highest number of application for both the SSC and HSC, the newly-formed Konkan division saw the lowest application for the both exams. When contacted, Sarjerao Jadhav, the board chairman, he said, this is the first year of introducing the scheme. Probably not many were aware of it. In the coming years we might see a surge in these applications. At the same time, it also shows the trust of the students in the examination system.
Courtesy: Times of India
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