In a bid to remove the infamous tag of providing students with hall tickets having wrong credentials, the Maharashtra Education Board had ‘digitised’ the process of printing the hall tickets. The schools were provided with the exam ‘prelists’ through an online portal and they were, in return, supposed to rectify the errors Online. The Board was aiming to cross-verify the students’ credentials to be printed on the hall tickets for the annual exams.
What started as a step to achieve ‘nil’ mistakes by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), faced a deadlock soon. The schools, when tried to access the exam ‘prelists’ on the online portal, were welcomed with the server errors. The website meant for the cause started functioning quite slow, forcing the schools to complain about the same to the Board.
The issue was realised by the Board and even the Secretary of Board’s Mumbai Division Siddeshwar Chandekar acknowledged it. He said, “Many schools couldn’t make online corrections to the list as the server was down.” Soon, the Board decided to do a back-flip to its traditional way and asked the schools to take the printout of the prelists and make corrections offline. The schools were asked to submit the corrected sheet to the Board officials so that they could upload the same manually into the system.
While the Board officials can make necessary changes in the students’ details, some schools are doubtful over their efficiency. One School Principal said that even when the corrected prelist is provided to the board, the officials often make mistakes while entering the data manually.
Well, the matter here should not be the efficiency of the Board officials, instead, it should be the efficiency to acknowledge the fact that for heavy traffics (online), the website should be supported by an able server. The Board which boasts of over 3 million students taking the annual SSC & HSC exam every year, should take care of these concerns well in advance. Multiple times (in fact, every single time), the issue has cropped during the announcement of board exam results when each and every student head towards the Board’s website to access the result. The steps in this direction can be taken at the earliest, at least for the sake of Education!
The exam prelists contain the details of students going to appear for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam to be conducted by MSBSHSE. These details include student’s name, date of birth, photograph, subjects, medium of instruction for the exam, birthplace and aadhaar number. The Board had already made it mandatory for students to provide Aadhaar card details while registering for the annual exam.