Hills say ‘no fee’ for exam paper re-check

The Telegraph

Darjeeling, Sept. 23: The Gorkha Janmukti Vidyarathi Morcha today said hill students would not pay the requisite fee for reassessment of their answer scripts following poor results in undergraduate Part I and II exams conducted by the North Bengal University.

Amrit Yonzone, president of the student’s wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, said: “The results are unexpected and there is widespread discontentment among the students in the hills. We have decided that none will pay the requisite fee for reassessment this year.”

A student dissatisfied with results, irrespective of whether he has passed or failed, can approach the varsity for reassessment of two papers paying a fee of Rs 50 each. The student can also seek a scrutiny of any number of papers at the same rate

However, if the candidate opts for scrutiny, the university will only tabulate the marks that have already been given. During reassessment, the entire answer script is checked afresh by examiners.

A large number of students in the hills are expected to apply for the reassessment of their papers as institutions like Darjeeling Government College have registered a pass percentage of only about 30. Most of the institutions in the hills, except Ghoom-Jorebunglow Degree College and Southfield College, have recorded poor pass percentage.

Sushanta Das, controller of examinations of the NBU, could not be contacted.

College authorities said only the varsity could decide whether answer scripts would be reassessed without fees.

“It is a prescribed rule of the university that any candidate can go in for reassessment of his papers. Some of the colleges have already posted a letter to the NBU today, apprising it of the students’ decision to seek reassessment without fees. Everyone is waiting for the varsity’s response,” said the principal of a hill college.

The last date to apply for the reassessment is September 30.

Academicians in the hills say if the varsity thinks that the situation is extraordinary it could “re-evaluate” the answer scripts for free.

“I do not think that the university will reassess a paper without any fee. It could well use a different terminology like ‘re-evaluation’ or ‘remarking’ to check the papers again without fees. But there could also be a problem as it will set a bad precedent,” said an academician in Darjeeling.

In Jalpaiguri, Ananda Chandra College was closed today by Chhatra Parishad supporters to protest the poor results, while strike at Gyanjyoti College near Siliguri continued for the second day.

The Morcha’s student wing has asked not only the NBU but also “good institutions”, which have better infrastructure in the hills, to explain the poor results.

“Many colleges have good facilities and yet, the results are poor. Introspection is a must for these colleges,” said Yonzone. He has threatened to launch an agitation if no satisfactory explanation is given by either the NBU or the colleges in 10 days.

Some college principals have already said they, too, are dissatisfied with the evaluation of the answer scripts this year, shifting the blame to the NBU.


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