After paper fiasco, DSEK mulling to reconsider SIE role

After paper fiasco, DSEK mulling to reconsider SIE role
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Amid incidents of messed up question papers in ongoing term examinations for several lower classes, (VI, VII) the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) is mulling to “strip” the State Institute of Education (SIE) of the task.
Students of several classes were supplied erroneous question papers in their Term 2 examinations recently.
In south Kashmir’s Shopian district, students of class 6 and 7 were given same question papers.
The SIE sets up question papers for classes 5 to 9, and the respective district institutes of education (DIET) conduct the examinations.
To address the incidents of question paper fiasco in future, sources said, the DSEK is deliberating on “which particular institution will conduct the examinations,” a top official at the directorate told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the proposal will be discussed in detail once the examinations are over.
“Going by the discussions going on, it seems likely that SIE will be stripped of the responsibility to conduct exams,” said the official.
He said that there was a proposal to get the exams held “at the cluster level”.
As per the proposal, the official said that the respective DIETs “will be the controlling agencies” of the exams.
“SIE will be asked only to focus on teacher training,” he added. He however said that there was not an official decision on the matter yet.
The official added that the marks secured by candidates in one of the flawed question papers, which carried lesser marks, would be considered “proportionately out of the total marks”.
“There was on the spot relief given to the students for their paper,” he added.
“For the rest of the incidents of erroneous question papers, we will reach to a conclusion once the exams are over,” he added.
Principal SIE Mehboob Hussain said that the institute conducted examinations of classes 8 and 9 only.
Several teachers Kashmir Reader spoke to, refuted Hussain’s claims, alleging that the official was trying to pass the buck.
“It is the SIE, which prints the question papers. The DIETs only conduct the examinations,” a teacher said.
DSEK, G N Itoo was not available for comments.