Seba secretary, Suranjana Senapati, on Tuesday said that as per the timeline, entry of marks by schools is complete. She informed that even district-level committees have completed their task of entering the marks and they were about to send them to the board. “After the Kamrup incident, Seba has directed the district level scrutiny committees to go for re-scrutiny of the marks,” Senapati told the media, adding that the process is on to declare the results by July 31.
A school principal and an education department official were arrested on Sunday for allegedly trying to manipulate the board exam results by violating the norms laid down under the evaluation formula in the absence of physical board examinations. The police conducted a raid at the office of the Kamrup Inspector of Schools (IS) last week.
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Even as board officials said under the evaluation formula, many students are likely to get more marks compared to their caliber, a government notification cautioned that marks awarded to an examinee must be consistent with the marks obtained by that student in the Class IX exams with a variation of maximum up to 10% considering the previous three years’ results. But investigating officers said a section of corrupt officials was trying to break the 10% limit.
Kamrup DC Kailash Karthik N said that as per government guidelines, the administration is ensuring that the formalities are completed at the earliest.
Reports are doing the rounds that the process of declaring the results has come to a halt as the Seba authority may go for detailed inspection of the marks sent by the schools across the districts. A senior official of the board, however, told TOI that the evaluation process cannot be halted even for a day. “We are running out of time. For one corruption charge, thousands of students cannot be victimized,” the official said.
A record number of 4.4 lakh students were registered for appearing in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Assam High Madrassa (AHM) examinations under Seba this year. On the other hand, around 2.5 lakh students were scheduled to appear in the higher secondary examination. Interestingly, in the marks manipulation attempt, efforts were made to alter the marks of Class X examinees.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has been the education minister for years, also admitted recently that the IS offices are involved in unauthorized money transactions. He also warned district inspectors of schools that stringent action would be taken if the sanctity of the exams is violated. “We had inputs about such illegal practices and action has been taken in Kamrup district,” Himanta said.