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Gujarat: Teacher grants 66 out of 50 marks to class X science student

Remember the ad from childhood where a teacher granted marks more than the more than the total weightage of the examination for good handwriting? That has been a dream of every student – to get decent marks and mistakenly even more marks than the total weightage.

The dream had almost come true for one! A class 10 student in Gujarat was given 66 marks out of 50 marks in the OMR paper of science subject, a report in the Times of India stated.

Going by the reports, the glaring error came to light after it was caught by officials of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Education Board (GSHSEB). The mistake was rectified in time before the results were announced last month.

It was, however, not the lone mistake. In fact, the state board has been struggling with rising errors in paper checking. In academic year 2018-19, the board seived at least 7,200 papers where teachers had mistakes worth 10 marks and above.

In class 12 general stream accountancy paper, one teacher gave 86 marks out of 100 to a student who had actually scored only 30 marks.

In yet another instance, a class 12 general stream student was marked 55/100 when the student had actually scored 85 marks.

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