Edu Min Badri Patra accepts CHSE’s errors in Plus Two results, seeks report from board

Bhubaneswar: Teachers may be taken to task for errors in Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) Plus Two results as Mass Education minister Badri Narayan Patra accepted there are discrepancies in the results and today sought an explanation from CHSE. The Minister added that those at fault will be punished.

“There has been a serious lapse from the board’s side. We will review the allegations brought by students and detect the major mistakes and who the examiners were who committed these mistakes. Accordingly, the punishment will be prescribed,” said Minister Patra.

Many students have brought allegations of discrepancies in CHSE Plus Two results. N Pritam Das, a Science student of Kendrapara had scored only 3 in Physics that increased to 37 after rechecking but when he sought copy of his answer sheet he received the answer copy of another student. Similarly, Subham Sahu, also from Kendrapara, had scored 51 in Physics that increased to 96 after rechecking. Two girls of Salepur college had also brought similar allegations.

In 2013, the Odisha Conduct of Examination Act was amended to ensure error free publication of results and check malpractice. As per the new rules, teachers and examiners can get jail imprisonment from three to seven years along with up to Rs 1 lakh penalty for irregularities in exams or results.

“The examiners and board officials are playing with the lives of students. They should be jailed or serious action should be taken against those found guilty,” said Nabakishore Das, father of Pritam Das.

This year during the Plus Two exams there was a fiasco of question papers wherein students at 17 centres were given Chemistry papers during Math exams.

“The board has all lists of examiners and chief examiners of each paper and we can easily trace who had checked which paper. Action can be taken accordingly,” said Basudev Chhatoi, former Chairman of CHSE.