Students protest against WB HS results, take to the streets – Times of India

Kolkata: For the second time since the release of the state high school results on July 22, disgruntled students took to the streets in different parts of West Bengal on Monday, demanding that no exams be held. The Covid epidemic and assessments were based on results from previous years. A number of agitating students at Ananda Ashram School and Shyambazar AV School in different parts of the city have staged protests demanding increase in their marks, while candidates in Basanti and Bishnupur in South 24 Parganas district and Domkal in Murshidabad district have demanded to announce their pass.

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A section of students at Domkal High School have even damaged furniture in an office room from which mark sheets are being distributed where it was alleged that they were being unfairly detained even though no exams were taken, the report said.

Police went to the scene and no untoward incident took place after that.

Students protesting in Bishnupur and Naktala blocked the road. They later lifted the blockade after the police persuaded them to do so.

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Witnesses said students at several schools surrounded the headmaster along with parents.

“We have sent a report to the West Bengal Higher Secondary Education Council about today’s incident,” said the headmaster of Nakatala school.

School education department sources said that the district inspectors of the districts where such protests have taken place have been asked to inspect the concerned institutions and send their reports as the primary reason behind the students’ allegations.

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A 166-year-old student of Shyambazar AV School told reporters, “How many of us got 29 and only 9 in the exams when no exams were held. We demand immediate action from the council.”

The students said they were shocked by the council’s evaluation process. “No test was held because of the Covid-19 situation, but why the discrimination? We have all been declared pass or fail,” many of them said.

Out of 7,19,202 higher secondary candidates, 979.69 percent have passed the examination this year. Of these, about 20,000 have been declared unsuccessful.

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An assessment system was created this year based on the marks obtained by the best candidates in the top four subjects in the secondary (tenth class examination) and eleventh class annual examinations. In the case of science students, class twelve was added to the evaluation mark in the practical field and the projects for humanities students were added to the evaluation criteria.

The assessment was hailed as scientific, fair and dynamic by the principals of various colleges and the authorities of the state-run universities.

The students feared that the results of 90 per cent and 90 per cent identification in the secondary examinations as first class (tenth class board examinations), which were announced earlier, would lead to crisis and shortage of seats in higher secondary institutions.

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