Goa Board to computerize only part of correction process

Panaji: After the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education called for bids last month to carry out computerized corrections of answersheets at the 2016 Class X and XII public exams, the board is now set to computerize only part of the process this year. As this is the first year of implementation and as the load of papers is large for the public exams at nearly 35,000 students together, it is now felt that computerizing only part of the process would be safe.

The board has been struggling with an overwhelming number of students who apply for reevaluation of marks after the public exams and the Goa Board is hoping to curb the human error element with the computerized corrections.

Sources said that the board is in final talks with a software company to implement the system of computerized corrections. The computerized corrections were carried out on a trial basis at the Goa board’s October supplementary exams in 2015 and were found to be effective. The Board then took the decision to implement the system at the March exams.

TOI had reported on July 29, 2015, that the system of computerized evaluation was in the offing for the Class X and XII public exams.

Under the new process, an agency will be employed, which will scan all answersheets of students, and the answers will be divided in each sheet as different blocks. The teacher will be alerted by the system when correcting the papers if any of the answers have been left without being evaluated by mistake. The marks allotted to different answers will also be added up by the system automatically, thereby reducing the burden of the teacher and also cutting down the human errors involved in manual corrections.

The Goa board is also considering emailing the answersheets to the students after the results are declared, so that any apprehensions of parents and students are done away with. This is expected to bring accountability and transparency in the evaluation system.