MeritTrac digitizes class XII answer sheets

Government now takes a next step and plans to digitize answer papers of class XII board examination from this school year. This could benefit students and teachers and will reduce evaluation errors and enable easier re-evaluation, it will also ease the task of teachers by allowing them to access the answer papers from anywhere in the country. These answer sheets will be stored and connected to a central server and can be accessed instantly through a password. The Union government-controlled Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has completed a pilot on this during the last class XII board exams and is enthused with the results. This will further reduce logistical hassles involved in the paper evaluation process. In areas where there is a shortage of teachers, the evaluation process gets delayed, and due to overloading, teachers tend to do the scrutiny in a hurry. The technology acceptance can help improve situation and that once implemented across the country, this process will help declaring the results early.

The company named as Merit Trac has conducted the pilot process of digitizing papers for CBSE showing positive results and revolutionizing the exam process. MeritTrac was one of the companies instrumental in making Common Admission Test 2010 a success for the Indian Institutes of Management.

Authorities say that tens of thousands of students every year apply for re-evaluation and rechecking of answer papers after the results are out. This becomes a tedious process for the board to accomplish. Once the papers are digitized, students can easily access them in case of doubt. The CBSE chairman said sometimes there are genuine complaints as some teachers may have done injustice in marking or due to human error. We always give evaluators answers for all questions, and through digitization, overseeing their work can be done as well.

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