Mysore girl takes top slot by one mark

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N.S. Aishwarya
N.S. Aishwarya

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Aishwarya gets 618 out of 625 marks after


MYSORE: A bloomer by the evaluator in totalling of marks cost a Mysore girl the top slot in the SSLC examination, the results of which were announced early this month.

N.S. Aishwarya has topped the SSLC examination after re-evaluation.

The student of Marimallappa’s High School had applied for re-totalling and re-evaluation of her Social Studies paper. As against her earlier total of 605 marks out of 625, Aishwarya scored 618, which is one mark more than what was declared to be the highest score in the SSLC examination in 2008-09.

“Aishwarya secured 84 out of 100 in Social Studies though she was expecting more, and we suggested that she apply for re-totalling. When the copy of the answer script was provided to her, we found a discrepancy in totalling. Instead of 94 the evaluator had entered 84 against her name. This was corrected the next day, but the girl and her parents insisted on a re-evaluation and applied for it,” said Mangala Muddumadappa, principal, Marimallappa’s High School.

She told The Hindu that after re-evaluation, Aishwarya’s marks went up by three and the grand total shot up from 605 to 618, making it the highest in the State. “We were disappointed with her original score as we knew her to be a very bright student who always scored in the 90s and, hence, suggested that she apply for re-evaluation, which has now borne fruit,” Ms. Muddumadappa said.

Senior officials in the Department of Education pointed out that such discrepancies due to human error crept in because of the pressure to declare the results as soon as possible. An official said on the condition of anonymity that the SSLC Board should introduce a new rule allowing re-evaluation and re-totalling only in case of students who scored below 60 per cent. But he admitted that it would be a sensitive issue as parental pressure would make it difficult to bring in such a rule. “The purpose of abrogating the concept of rank was to discourage the emphasis on merely scoring high marks, but it has obviously not worked,” said the official, who rued that many students who score over 85 per cent also seek re-evaluation.

He pointed out that the mindset of the evaluator would be in favour of awarding another mark or two because the student had already scored high marks and, hence, the evaluator tended to be liberal during re-evaluation. Now the student who had been relegated to second position too would want a re-evaluation, but there was no time. Therefore, he called for a cut-off percentage above which re-evaluation should not be allowed.

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