In today's competitive world where every mark counts, teachers and parents encourage students to apply for the process if they are confident. In Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, a student can also take re-examination and decide which marks should be accounted.
Vasundhra (name changed) is happy with her total 1,148 in Class XII examination, yet she is applying for revaluation, hoping to see her score increase by three marks. "Every marks counts. In Chemistry, I scored 195 when I was expecting 198. An increase of three marks would mean I get a seat in a medical colleges in or around the city," she says.
Teachers who are called in for the revaluation process say a majority of answer scripts they come across are of students who have scored above 90 per cent in a particular subject.
But, not all revaluation papers should see an increase in marks.
K. Selvam, physics teacher with SBOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School, recalls how a student who had secured 133/150 in Physics saw the marks drop to 87.
"Some years ago, improvement examination was abolished in Tamil Nadu after students got undue advantage. The system where a student first gets a photocopy of his/her answer script is good, provided the student gets a couple of teachers to run through the paper and decide accordingly," says Mr. Selvam.
An ideal examination system should not give any choice for revaluation or recounting, says Eugenie Pinto, retired college principal.
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