Evaluating the answer scripts is one of the toughest tasks for the invigilators who have immense patience to go through the answers presented by the candidates and award marks accordingly.
In an unusual incident, a class 10 student in Gujarat got more marks than the total number of marks. He was awarded 66 marks out of 50 marks in the OMR paper of science subject, a recent report in the Times of India stated.
The biggest blunder came to light after it was caught by examination officials of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Education Board (GSHSEB). However, the mistake was sorted out just in time before the results were declared last month.
Rising errors now seems to be a bit too usual in the state board. This blunder was not just a one-off incident as the state board has been continuing with such mistakes.
During the academic year 2018-19, the board seized around 7,200 papers where teachers had mistakes worth 10 marks and above.
Rising marks has been a repeating issue for the boards. In a class 12 general stream accountancy examination, a teacher awarded 86 marks out of 100 to a student who had scored only 30 marks in the first place.
“Incorrect marking by teachers during paper checking is a serious issue. Teachers will be further sensitized about being extremely cautious in paper assessment as every mark can make or break a career,” a top board official added, as quoted to as saying by TOI.