Seba rectifies marks mistake

Fresh marksheets for students who were marked absent for Hindi

Tarun Gogoi
Guwahati, May 29 : The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, today rectified its mistake over non-allotment of marks in Hindi in the Matric examination results declared yesterday.
The board was prompt in resolving the issue after chief minister Tarun Gogoi instructed the commissioner and secretary of the secondary and elementary education to submit a report about the complaints of a section of students that they were not allotted marks in Hindi despite appearing for the examination.
The AASU criticised the board and demanded corrective steps at the earliest.
Sources said the board had already ordered an internal inquiry to find out what led to such a mistake.
Secretary L.N. Sarma told The Telegraph that the board had received complaints from St Mary’s English High School, Maligaon and St Vivekananda English Academy, Pandu, that 99 students were shown absent for the Hindi examination and thus declared failed in their results.
“We immediately verified the matter and executed necessary steps to address the issue. The board finally issued fresh marksheets by allotting marks in Hindi to aggrieved students this morning. Even though students did appear in the Hindi examination, it was inadvertently shown that they were absent. The mistake was totally unintentional,” Sarma said.
Secretary of St Vivekananda English Academy Mitra Som Saha said 27 students from her school who secured letters marks (80 per cent or above) in all other subjects were shown absent for the Hindi examination and thus declared failed.
“We immediately drew the board’s attention on the matter. The school is grateful to the board for its fast and active initiative to address the students’ grievances. After allotment of marks in Hindi today, 27 students who were otherwise declared failed are distinction holders now,” Saha said.
An aggrieved student said it was a bolt from the blue when he found himself declared failed even after securing letter marks in English, general science and general mathematics.
“I could not eat till the matter was solved this morning,” the student said.
The Matric results declared by the board showed nearly eight per cent rise over last year’s figure to a record pass percentage of 71.08.
The board also clarified that Suman Shekhar Sarma and Hritwika Pathak, who secured the 10th and 12th positions on the merit list respectively, from Al Ameen Academy, Kalgachia, were actually from Ram Choudhury Sankardev Sishu Niketan at Sarthebari.