PANAJI: The Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education is likely to introduce computerized correction of answer sheets at the Class X and XII public exams scheduled for March 2016.
The new system of correction will use the services of an agency that will scan the answer sheets of every student who answers the exam, following which each answer will be created into a unit. During subsequent assessment by the respective examiner, the system will alert him/her if he/she has mistakenly failed to correct a particular answer. The system will also automatically add up marks allotted by the examiner to each answer, not only reducing the burden on him/her but also eliminating any scope for error.
After being tested by the board at the October 2015 supplementary exams, the system was found to be successful in curbing oversights. Its implementation is expected to drastically reduce the number of applications for re-evaluation of answer sheets that flood the Goa board annually. Over a thousand students presently seek re-evaluation after the results of the Class X and XII public exams are announced each year. This number has continued to swell despite 700 being charged per paper as re-evaluation fee.
“Since the number of students answering the October exams is comparatively lesser, we used it to test the computerized correcting system and received positive feedback from teachers. The system appears to help in delivering largely error-free paper correction. If we get approval from the state government, we would like to implement the system at the March 2016 exam,” said Goa board chairperson, Jose Remedios Rebello. He further said the board will call for proposals from companies to aid in the computerized correcting system.
The Goa Board is also considering the possibility of emailing each student a copy of his/her answer sheets once results are declared. This is expected to do away with apprehensions and make the evaluation system transparent.