Confusion reigned supreme on Friday among students before the Goa board announced the recall of higher secondary school certificates for review in the evening.
Many students on taking their HSSC mark sheets home on Thursday noticed a glaring error in the allotment of internal marks on the final mark sheet.
Other students were in for a rude shock when colleges where they had lined up for admissions told them that the admission process is on hold.
Students affected by the internal marks error rushed to their respective institutes with their parents to voice their complaints over the “injustice” meted out to them early Friday morning.
Principal of R M S Higher Secondary School, Margao, said he has received over 50 complaints from students for wrong internal assessment marks allotted to them by the Goa board.
“I almost panicked to learn that so many students from our college were affected by the error in recording of internal assessment marks scored by them,” said Principal Vinod Pawar.
“Initially, I thought it was some error committed by the college staff, but when we checked our records, we found that we had submitted the internal assessment marks of all students accurately,” he told GoaChronicle.com.
Pawar explained that as per the grading system introduced by the Goa board this year, there is a component of 20 marks scored by the students in internal assessment other than the 80 marks of the Goa board theory exam.
Students have to be marked out of 130 for internal assessment and these marks scored have to be converted by the Goa board examiners into 20 marks as per a chart prepared by the board.
“It appears the mistake occurred while the internal assessment marks were being converted as per the new format of mark allocation,” Pawar said.
Several students were also left confused when they saw their mark sheets uploaded by the Goa board on various websites (to be accessed by entering seat numbers). The sheets only reflected marks and not the corresponding grades they had earned.
Many school heads also panicked on hearing of the chaos and began checking their records as against the result sheets issued by the Goa board. This was before they received complaints from their own students.
“We heard what was happening in neighbouring institutes and began checking our own records. We found errors in the final mark sheets of up to four marks of some students,” said manager of Shri Chandrabaga Tukoba Naik School, Churchorem, B G Naik.
“We are now checking on priority the marks of those students who have failed so that they can benefit if they have scored more and seek admissions to higher classes,” Naik added.
Principal of Guardian Angel Higher Secondary School, Fr Frank Mendes, told GoaChronicle.com, that several students from the college were affected by the “error”.
“I sent my representative to the board office after this issue was brought to my notice. It’s a mistake done at the board’s end,” Mendes said.
Pawar felt that issuing “revised” mark sheets by the board will solve the problem only if they are issued within the next two days.
Shripad Modak, the parent of an affected student and a resident of Xeldem, Quepem, said he had written to the board on more than one occasion at the beginning of the academic year, pointing out the potential pitfalls in the new system.
“Though the concept of internal assessment introduced by the Goa board is good, what is objectionable is the absence of any system to ensure uniformity in assessment. Many intelligent students ended up losing marks owing to the high difficulty level of question papers set by some schools,” Modak said.