Hyderabad: The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) claimed on Sunday that none of the suicides of students after the release of exam results were linked to the errors in the marking. In other words, the published results of the students who had committed suicide were correct and there had been no mistakes made in evaluating the scripts or in totalling the marks.
The BIE made the claim after what it said was a “comprehensive analysis” of the answer scripts of students who committed suicide.
Though the answer sheets have not been made public, the board said that it would provide them to individuals after receiving a formal written request.
“The board got all the (answer) scripts of candidates who committed suicide and got it re-verified by the subject experts by forming a committee and checked for any errors either in valuing of the answer scripts, posting of marks, or for totalling mistakes. In all cases, the board found that there were no major errors which would change the marks of the student from fail to pass,” the board said in a report.
In the report, the BIE said the re-verification committee got 53 answer scripts of students who had committed or attempted suicide re-verified by select regular lecturers of the respective subjects. It was observed that there was no remarkable change in the results of the students after re-verifying, the report said.
“Failed students rema-ined failed after re-verifying,” added the report.
According to the board’s analysis, out of 25 students who took their lives or attempted suicide, 10 had failed in one subject, 12 in more than one subject. Three students had ended their lives despite passing the examination. It said 22 students had committed suicide and three attempted suicide.
The board said it had found what it called a “peculiar case”, in which a student committed suicide even after scoring 85 per cent marks and had passed in all subjects as shown in the original result.
The BIE concluded that the student had failed due to poor academic performance. The board said that those who were in doubt regarding this re-verification process, or those who needed it for academic purposes, or to analyse the reason behind the deaths, could write to the board for a copy of the answer scripts....