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CBSE Results 2017: Old System Could Have Checked Totalling Errors, Says Ex-Board Chairman

Eram Agha | News18.com @erampatrakar

Updated: June 18, 2017, 4:06 PM IST
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CBSE Results 2017: Old System Could Have Checked Totalling Errors, Says Ex-Board Chairman
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New Delhi: The number of Class 12 students applying for verification of marks this year is unprecedented. Students have been complaining of abysmally low marks in certain subjects, which were then rectified by an even more incredible margin.

According to former CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly, the Board could have saved itself the embarrassment if the “traditional or old system was followed”. “We have our old and traditional system called Outlier system to keep such embarrassment at bay," he told News18.

Explaining further, Ganguly said that under the Outlier system, which had been in use for 20 years, if a student had scored high marks in four or five subjects but considerably less in one or two others, it meant there was something extraordinarily wrong, thus alerting those concerned.

Similarly, if a student had low marks in four or five subjects but high marks in the remaining ones, it means those copies needed to be checked again.

"We have to re-check copies to correct glaring errors,” he added.

"We would delay the results to check such cases — as it meant there was something wrong. Those copies were brought out and evaluated again. We would find 80% of copies were subject to correction," he said.

“It requires a system that questions when someone with high marks in five subjects get low marks in others. Or how someone with low marks in five subjects can get high in remaining ones?”

“A good moderation and Outlier system, with patience to sit over copies for 72 hours can avoid such embarrassment. I delayed results to check such cases under the outlier system.”

There has been no official response from the CBSE over the re-totalling confusion yet.

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