Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHSE Restricts Examiners' Number for +2 Evaluation

The New Indian Express, Jan 31, 2015
BHUBANESWAR:In the wake of large scale irregularities in evaluation of Plus Two answer sheets last year, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has decided to abolish the role of deputy chief examiners (DCE) from this year.
Earlier, for every 2400 answer sheets, CHSE appointed one chief examiner (CE), one deputy chief examiner, 12 assistant examiners (AE) and two scrutinisers. Now, the evaluation process will be taken care of by the chief examiner and assistant examiners only, informed CHSE Chairman Basudev Chattoi.
Sources said answer sheets of students scoring less than 25 per cent and over 90 per cent were re-evaluated by the DCE and CE. “This year, we want to restrict the number of examiners involved in the checking process for error-free evaluation,”  Chattoi said.
Last year, CHSE had come in for criticism for faulty evaluation of Plus Two answer sheets of around 3.25 lakh students.
The number of evaluation centres has also been increased from 47 last year to 50 this year. The three colleges that will be designated as evaluation centres are Sashi Bhusan Rath Government Women’s College at Berhampur, Nimapada College and Panchayat College at Dharamgarh, Kalahandi.
Plans are in the pipeline to make all the evaluation centres air-conditioned with provision of comfortable furniture, safe drinking water and snacks for the evaluators to create a conducive environment for them, Chattoi said. “Since the evaluation will take place during peak summer, we want to ensure that the evaluators are comfortable during the checking process,” he added.
The decisions were taken at the Examination Management Committee meeting of the Council, which was held on Friday to discuss smooth conduct of the Plus Two examinations. This year, the Plus Two examinations will begin on March 2 and conclude on March 24. At least 75,000 students will appear at the examination.
As many as 203 examination management hubs (EMHs) will be set up. Each centre will have an observer and they would be under CCTV surveillance.
Like last year, question papers will be dispatched from the Council to the EMHs two days before the examination and from EMHs, question papers will be sent to other examination centres amid heavy security on the day of examination between 7 am and 9 am.
Meanwhile, the Council has formed a special squad to verify infrastructure and manpower of private junior colleges. There are about 317 self-financing colleges in the State, mostly residential institutions that also accommodate day scholars.

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