Gujarat to name and shame teachers for mistakes in school test evaluation
The Gujarat government has decided to publish the names of over 6,000 teachers who were found to have committed errors while evaluating answer sheets of students who appeared for Class 10, Class 12 board exams.
The Gujarat government has decided to publish in its education monthly journal the names of over 6,000 teachers who were found to have committed errors while evaluating the answer sheets of students who had appeared for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams.
The decision is in line with a series of actions taken by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) against what they call “repeat offenders”.
The 6,634 names were shortlisted from nearly 20,000 evaluators deployed for evaluation of answer sheets in the science and general stream, officials said. The final number includes those whose evaluation was found during verification to have been faulty by ten marks or more, they said.
The list will be published across two editions of the GSHSEB journal ‘Shikshan Ane Parikshan’. The board publishes over 17,000 copies of the journal every month, which is subscribed to by all secondary and higher secondary schools affiliated to it.
But the Association of Progressive Schools (AOPS), with private institutions affiliated to the CBSE among its members, warned that the “name and shame” move will lead to a shortage of evaluators for the Gujarat board next year. “Such a step over a deliberate error may be fine but what if the mistake is not intentional? Every human being makes mistakes. They should not humiliate teachers in this manner, it will result in further shortage of teachers for a board already starved of manpower,” said Manan Choksi, AOPS president.
“We have realised that charging a fine of Rs 100 is not an effective corrective measure. Since last year, the board initiated a move to identify all those who made errors of more than ten marks and counsel them. But this year again, there is a huge number of such evaluators. So, it was decided to publish their names in the monthly journal to make them realise their mistake,” said A J Shah, GSHSEB chairman.
Board chairman Shah said that rectifying these errors consumed a huge amount of time, resources and energy this time. “What message are we giving to the society when teachers working as evaluators make such errors? If these unjustified mistakes are not made by the evaluators, the announcement of results could have been advanced and resources utilised in other productive tasks,” the chairman said.
Last year, nearly 8,000 teachers were found to have wrongly added marks in the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams. They were summoned to the board headquarters, where the chairman highlighted the errors and announcing a penalty, ranging from Rs 50 for error costing one mark in Class 10 and Class 12 general stream to Rs 100 in Class 12.
Source: Indian Express