The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has stated that the examiners have not been issued any directive by the board for stopping the deduction of marks for spelling mistakes in the Class 10 examination. The board president Kalyanmoy Ganguly stated that the practice of deducting marks for spelling mistakes will be continued as it was in the past years.
The board president, however, added that in the history examination, the examiners have been asked to be a little lenient with regard to the deduction of marks for spelling mistakes in certain names. The president also pointed out that it has been very clearly mentioned in all the question papers that marks will be reduced for spelling mistakes. He also added that the board will leave the decision of how to evaluate the answer sheets of the different subjects to the examiners.
It has been reported that the state education minister Partha Chatterjee had asked the WBBSE President as to whether the board has issued any directive for not reducing marks for spelling mistakes and the board president has confirmed that no such derivate has been issued.
Earlier on, reports had emerged of the WBBSE issuing a directive for not deducting the marks of students for spelling mistakes. The reports mentioned examiners which gave way to criticism of the board and the state education department for the directive allegedly issued.
Action against Circulation of HS Question Paper
The WBCHSE had earlier on said that it will be taking strict actions against anyone who tries to circulate purported images of the West Bengal Class 12 question papers on Whatsapp disrupting the process. Close to 7.9 lakh candidates are estimated to have appeared for the West Bengal Higher Secondary Examination which commenced on March 12, 2020, and will continue until March 27, 2020.