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Telangana Intermediate Exams

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The saga of Telangana’s intermediate exam results announced on 18 April 2019 is still continuing. The future of many students was upset due to the technical blunders committed by Globarena Techno­logies, which had provided technical and software support to the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (tsBIE). While 8,70,924 candidates appeared for the intermediate exams held in March 2019, around 5,42,524 passed. The board declared that the rema­ining 3,28,400 students had failed to clear the exams. Due to the technical error, more than 16,000 stud­ents “failed” upon being given a single-digit mark instead of double digits. As such cases were reported in the thousands, chaos ensued in the state. Various political parties and student unions have staged dharnas and hunger strikes before the board, protesting the goof-up in the evaluation.

Around 20 students committed suicide due to the bungling of results. Parents, friends, and well-wishers who went to the ­tsBIE were not allowed to enter the premises. Hundreds of political leaders and student union leaders, who were staging a protest before the board, were ­arrested and many were taken into preventive custody.

The state government immediately app­ointed a three-member expert committee—consisting of the Telangana State Tec­h­nology Sevices Managing ­Director G T Ven­ka­tes­hwar Rao, Ishant Dongari from IIT Hyderabad and A Vasan from BITS, Hyderabad—to look into the matter. According to the committee’s report, Globa­rena Technologies goo­fed up in coding and decoding the intermediate exam answer sheets due to inexperience in this field, and also made blunders in evaluating.

In this context, the recommendations by the three-member committee included: (i) While continuing the data processing by Globarena, reverification, recounting and data processing should be given to another agency in parallel. Only after verifying both the results and ensuring that there is absolutely no error, should the results be declared. (ii) Reverification of marks should be done free of cost for the students who secured more than 80% in the first year and have now been declared “failed.” (iii) The capacity of the tsBIE network server should be enhanced to avoid crashing during the payment of exam fees. (iv) Action should be taken to start a helpline, to acknowledge the complaints ­received from parents and students, and to send the status through SMS or emails to those who filed them. (v) When the problem is resolved, parents should be informed through email and SMS.

The Telangana Parents Association has demanded that the an­swer papers ­ should be re-evaluated instead of just reverified. It stated that till now 1,08,302 students have filed an application for re-evaluation and this should be conducted free of cost. It has also demanded that an ex gratia of `25 lakh be announced for the families of the students who committed suicide. It has further demanded that the inter-board should be abolished and a system of 12 grades should be brought in, along the lines of the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Various political parties in a separate press release said that the intermediate exams were earlier conducted under the aegis of the Centre for Good Governance. They demanded that the government should reveal reasons behind bringing Globarena Technologies into the arena. The bun­gling of the results had become a major point of discussion in the state. The board must realise that unless scientific and ­rational changes are brought into the system, it is the students who will continue to suffer.

K Ramadas

New Delhi

Updated On : 10th May, 2019

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