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Fourth-Grader In Gujarat Achieves 212/200 In Maths, Prompts Investigation

In the Gujarat Assembly, it was disclosed that over 9,000 teachers were penalized for grading errors in Class 10 and 12 board exams between 2022 and 2023, with hefty fines imposed by the state government. While many teachers settled their fines, some failed to comply.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: May 7, 2024 10:49 IST
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Vanshiben Manishbhai, a talented fourth-grade student from Kharasana village in Gujarat, garnered attention for achieving remarkably high scores in Gujarati and Mathematics. Surpassing the allocated total marks of 200 for each subject, she initially scored 211 and 212, respectively, surprising both school authorities and her parents. However, the school later rectified the scores, citing an error. Vanshiben then received a corrected marksheet, showing scores of 191 in Gujarati and 190 in Mathematics. While her scores in other subjects remained unchanged, the total was adjusted from 956 to 934 out of 1000.

Despite the error impacting her overall score, Vanshiben still achieved an A grade in all subjects, including Gujarati, Mathematics, Environment, Hindi, and English. India Today reported that Vanshiben, scoring 93.40%, eagerly shared her results with her family, only to uncover the mistake. Following the revelation, district education authorities initiated an investigation to determine the root cause of the error and to introduce measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Earlier this year, during a session in the Gujarat Assembly, it was revealed that a significant number of teachers had been penalized for errors in grading Class 10 and 12 board exam papers over a two-year period. In response to a query from Congress MLA Kirit Patel, State Education Minister Kuber Dindor disclosed that a total of 9,218 teachers were penalized, with 3,350 from Class 10 and 5,868 from Class 12, for calculation errors between 2022 and 2023. The state government reportedly imposed hefty fines amounting to Rs 1.54 crore, with an average penalty of Rs 1,600 per teacher.

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According to the official report, 6,561 teachers, comprising 2,563 who assessed Class 10 papers and 3,998 from Class 12, had already settled fines totaling slightly over Rs 1 crore. However, a portion of educators failed to remit their fines as required.

To recover outstanding fines from teachers who made errors during the March 2022 board exam, the state education department initiated measures. They engaged with these teachers through their school administration and the district education officer. To ensure transparency and fairness, the Education Minister emphasized that penalties were applied only after teachers were personally shown their mistakes to mitigate any disputes. Additionally, the department has appointed a validator to each center to detect and rectify errors promptly.

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First published on: May 07, 2024 10:49 AM IST

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