Seven things that went terribly wrong with Kerala's SSLC results this year
news Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 05:30
It was the Kerala government's ambitious plan, of announcing results of the 10th standard state board exams or Secondary School Leaving Certificate exam (SSLC) within a record time of 18 days. A total of 4,68,273 students wrote the examination, and when the results were published, the record pass percentage of 97.99 attracted eyeballs. So did the zillion mistakes in the results. 1) Results missing: Remember the time when as kids, we used to pray that our examination results never got published? The students whose results have not been published should probably stop complaining, then? Be careful of what you wish for! The grades for Physics, apart from Chemistry, Social Science and Malayalam for a number of schools were not published. 2) Pass, but not eligible for higher studies: The glitch cannot get any worse. The student has passed in all the subjects, but no, he/she is not eligible for higher studies. Why? Because the SSLC results say so. 3) This or that? Nerds, hands up According to the results published yesterday, the district with highest pass percentage is Kannur; but it is Kozhikode according to the information by firstname.lastname@example.org, a government portal run by the Department of General Education. 4) Wait a little longer: There was a delay of around 5 hours in giving out the details after announcing the results. The results were supposed to be published on the 16th. However, after a lot of postponements and delays, students had to keep waiting even after the results were formally announced the other day. 5) Failed innovations: The CD containing results that was given away to press turned out to be empty. The CD was distributed to the media at a press conference held the other day. Confused media people had difficulty decoding the invisible data. 6) Which is better: Low marks or no marks at all? Complaints from Alappuzha popped up complaining about poor performance in Mathematics in general. The marks for several subjects of the students of four schools in Wayanad was not published at all. 7) How much is more? Criticism over the alleged lenient marking is prevalent, quoting approximately two percent increase in pass percentage. Pareeksha Bhavan secretary M I Sukumaran said that misappropriation occurred while uploading the results and that they will soon be rectified. Adequate facilities were also not provided to the invigilators at the valuation camp. And like Congress MLA Hibi Eden put it, this was a huge fraud on the student community.