Mamata Banerjee in a file photo.
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Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked her education minister to ensure that the Bengal education boards award higher scores to the secondary and higher secondary examinees so that they could be on par with students from the English medium boards.

The news has been disclosed by none other than the Chief Minister herself during a felicitation of toppers of this year’s secondary and higher secondary exams at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata this afternoon.

“This year so many students have made it to the top 10 by scoring same numbers. I am happy that the boards prepared the merit list well. Earlier evaluators used to be shaky even in awarding 3rd division score to a student. Hence, it is imperative to see that which evaluator can be liberal in evaluating the answer scripts.”

“I had specifically told Partha-da (education minister) that our students should get higher marks like that of the students of ICSE, CBSE, ISE boards. Otherwise, how can they stand in competition with students of other boards who are assigned 90 per cent and more scores in secondary and HS exams?” the Chief Minister said while speaking at the event.

Banerjee thanked the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education for adopting a liberal scoring pattern following her advice.

Some 250 odd toppers from various boards and their parents/teachers were present on the occasion and so was the vice-chancellors of various universities in Kolkata.

This year as many as 80 students found a place among the top 10 rank holders in the Bengal board conducted higher secondary exam. In case of the secondary exam (Madhyamik), there are 55 students who made it to the list of top 10.