Staff Correspondent

Government urged to extend last date for applying for re-evaluation

Students in Belgaum, Dharwad, Bijapur, Gadag and Bagalkot districts did not receive answer sheets till Friday Saturday is the last day for applying for re-evaluation/retotalling Most of the banks are open only till 12.30 p.m. on Saturdays

Belgaum: Even a fortnight after several students applied for photocopies of answer papers of various subjects in the pre-university examination, many of them, particularly those in districts such as Belgaum, Dharwad, Bijapur, Gadag and Bagalkot have not received them. Saturday is the last day for applying for re-evaluation/retotalling.

"We do not know what to do if we do not receive photocopies at least on Saturday," say the students, who are frequenting the post offices to collect the answers papers, as they do want to lose time or wait for the postman to make the delivery late in the afternoon when banks are closed. Also, they need some time to show the answer papers to their teachers to ascertain whether their answers were properly evaluated in order to apply for re-evaluation in a given subject. Most of the banks are open only till 12.30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Even if all the students receive the photocopies on Saturday, many will have no time to deposit the fee in the bank.

The students have urged the Directorate of Pre-University Education to extend the last date for applying for re-evaluation.

What added to their woes was that students who failed have been asked to apply for the supplementary examination to be held in July without waiting for photocopies of the answer sheets, which would be an added financial burden for those students whose results differ from those announced on the websites. The directorate is yet to send the marks cards.

The principals of pre-university colleges have been apprising the directorate of these problems only to get an assurance that the photocopies are being sent. A principal of a college here alleged that there was no accountability in the directorate. The results were postponed four to five times, and now it was not able to provide photocopies of the answer papers. He alleged that the directorate made colleges accountable for their mistakes/lapses and imposed fines. "But who will make the directorate accountable for its lapses," he asked.

Some students and parents have been trying, unsuccessfully, to contact the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education to apprise him of their problem and urge him to extend the last date.