Srinagar, Apr 7: It can’t go worse than this with the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education. In a bizarre instance of administrative anarchy, the BOSE authorities have acted like typical brokers while attempting to rectify the result of a candidate who had ‘actually’ topped in the Class 12 annual examination of Kashmir division—the result of which was declared recently.
Zoya Sehar, a student of Mallinson Girls Higher Secondary School here, had last month mooted an application before the BOSE office after the Xerox copy of her answer script showed gross discrepancies in allotment of marks. By her estimation, she happens to be the topper securing 732 marks out of 750.
The issue surfaced after Zoya (Roll no: 860244) felt that she had not been given adequate marks and thus sought Xerox copy of an answer script. The overall marks shown in her marks sheet were: English (146/150); Mathematics (148/150); Chemistry (146/150); Physics 146/150; Biology (108/150). The total marks were 696/750, including the 30 marks in practical in each of the science subjects. Irked to see “less marks” in Biology paper, Zoya sought the Xerox copy of the Botany paper, which she has received three days back. There she has secured 49 marks from 51 attempted marks in this subject while 9 marks in Zoology which she attempted. This should bring the total to 49+9=58/60. As per the paper scheme, a candidate was supposed to attempt only 60 marks from either Zoology or Botany section or from both. The marks obtained at the end were to be doubled as per the examination pattern.
This indicates that the candidate has secured 116 out of 120 instead of 108 in Biology theory paper in addition to 30 marks in practical. The total should be 146 out of 150.
Given the expected increase of 38 marks in the Biology Paper, the candidate expects her overall marks to be 732 out of 750.
BROKER OF SCHOOL EDUCATION?
In an e-mail to Greater Kashmir, a copy of which is likely be forwarded to the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell, Zoya’s father Muhammad Ashraf Khan has narrated the ordeal he has to face at the BOSE office in getting the result of her daughter rectified.
“I am very thankful to you for publishing my complaint against BOSE. Now I am giving you the details of our meetings with the Board officials regarding the result of my daughter Zoya Sehar of class 12th,” writes Khan in the e-mail. “Since the publication of the complaint, we had various meetings with the Board officials and I want to share the details with you to show how justice is being abused in Kashmir.”
Firstly, Khan said, they re-evaluated the Biology paper of his daughter, saying she had “attempted more than 60 marks.” “When we asked the officials to produce a notice wherein the student had been asked to attempt 60 marks, they said they have no records in store,” he writes.
The notice, which BOSE is not ready to own, has been published in local newspapers on November 11, 2010 under office no. F(Acad-C) OAQ/10. A subsequent clarification was issued vide another notification No. F (Acad-C) CL/10. It clearly mentions that “candidates are at liberty to attempt any part of any question, making it to 75 marks in case of non-practical subjects and 75 marks in case of non-practical subjects and 60 marks in case of practical subjects.”
By this estimation, Zoya has not over attempted the questions, except 1 marks, where she is ready to give her claim.
“We got the newspaper notifications and my brother Muzaffar Ahmad Khan who is a principal of Degree College Kupwara went to the Board office with the notice and discussed the matter,” Khan writes. “But they want us to enter into a compromise. They are offering us slots as if we are beggars.”
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Muzaffar Ahmad said he went to BOSE office with his three senior colleagues to discuss the issue. “But they are adamant to give 716 marks instead of 732 marks, citing over-attempt. But going by the notification, which they are not ready to own, Zoya has not over-attempted questions, except for one mark which we are ready to sacrifice,” he said. “It is unfortunate that the candidate is being denied her rights. The BOSE wants us to enter into a compromise, which is unheard of in any part of the world. What is there to compromise upon when things are crystal clear?”
Zoya’s father said: “The officials are saying that there is no rule to give first position to two students. This is something strange. It is not a gold cup of cricket, football, hockey or racing which cannot be shared. It is the examination where some students can have same marks and can share the position,” he wrote in the e-mail. “This shows that there is some pressure from influential persons on the Board that they must not change the result. That is why they are ready to give my daughter some other position but not the first one. If this is the justice that one expects from BOSE, then here I lose trust in the institute which is just playing with the career of students.”
Khan said there was another meeting with the Board officials on April 6 wherein they simply refused to give first position to the student even when were ready to sacrifice one mark.
“Now I am sending this complaint to CM’s Grievance cell and if Omar Abdullah, who is the elected Chief Minister of the state, does not look in this matter, I will be forced to move court for justice,” he mentions.
Sources in the BOSE are leveling senior charges against some of the BOSE officials on failing to rectify Zoya’s result. “The state government must inquire why BOSE is reluctant to rectify Zoya’s result. It has raised a serious concern inside the BOSE which has dealt with the issue very harshly to save itself from public embarrassment,” they said. “There is no rule which says that over-attempting by one mark should mean over attempting entirely. This is injustice. The BOSE must take a lenient view of the issue keeping in view the genuine claim of the candidate. It is a different thing that BOSE will give its own clarification.”
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The BOSE Joint Secretary (Secrecy), Noor Muhammad, who has been accused of approaching the issue in a lopsided manner, said it (Zoya issue) was an “over attempt case.”
He said: “The relatives of the candidate had approached us. They didn’t agree to our suggestions. They are citing a notification which is not with us.”
When informed that the notification with Greater Kashmir, Noor said “can you please read the date when it has been issued?”
Before giving any further reply, Noor evaded any more answers citing “technical problem in his cell phone signal.”
The BOSE secretary, Dr Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, didn’t respond to over one dozen calls from Greater Kashmir.
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