Despite spending over Rs 2.87 crore on question papers for baseline test and more than Rs 6.06 crore in compiled evaluation for two years, there were not enough question papers for distribution in schools across the state, a response to an RTI query submitted by Arvind Naik, vice president of Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Sena, has revealed.Baseline tests are conducted on first language and Maths in schools for class I to VIII students to check whether the concepts taught in previous year are clear to the students.The RTI query also sought details on how many students had appeared for this test. But the Maharashtra Academic Authority department Pune could not furnish the details sought by Naik.”The amount spent for compiled evaluation and baseline test question paper printing as well for the distribution runs in crores of rupees. But it is shocking to know that many schools had to make photo copies as they were not supplied enough question papers. The department has said they will seek reasons on why there was a shortage of question papers,” Naik said.The RTI reply also reveals that teachers who were appointed to set question papers for the baseline tests, were paid Rs 400 per day.In 2016 the baseline test question papers were leaked and found being sold at Xerox centre for Rs20 and Rs40 of first language and Maths paper. The maiden baseline test was successfully conducted across the state in 2015.This is the third year the baseline tests were held. Most teachers’ organizations have asked the education department to make question papers of baseline tests available online, instead of sending it manually, to stop paper leaks.MONEY SPENT2015-2016:Compiled evaluation cost: Rs 2.91 crore​Baseline test question papers cost: Rs 2.57 crore​2016-2017:Compiled evaluation cost: Rs 3.14 croreBaseline test question papers cost: Rs 29 lakh
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