DU OPEN BOOK EXAMS: PROFESSORS ASSERTS, MOCK TESTS WOULD NOT ADDRESS STUDENTS’ DIFFICULTIES
Delhi University Teachers’ Association, or DUTA, pleas to the principals of colleges affiliated under the Delhi University to help the students and teachers in their need for a more practical, academic, and reasonable grading system for final year semester students.
The University’s strict adherence to the newly developed idea of “Open Book Examination” has greatly disturbed its students and teachers. Both the bodies unitedly opposed this mode of exam for final year students.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association, or DUTA, in a message to the principals of all the colleges under Delhi University, also challenges the determination to perform OI mock open book examinations (OBEs). The procedure of mock OBE will not deal with any of the problems summarized by pupils and teachers while conveying their resistance to it as it cannot simulate the real situations and circumstances which students will confront during the real examinations, notifies the statement.
The DUTA statement, on the opinion of colleges to execute the mock OBE, contended that mock trials will put the policy into extra stress without any real advantage. Initially, the aim of the college outlet will not indicate the real circumstance when the University outlet will be used on the day of the exam.
The strength of internet services is not similar at all moments so what could work on the day of the mock exam may not carry out properly on the day of the actual exam, it added.
Formerly, Delhi University had published exam guidelines for all the students and a distinct one for the disabled students and the university had also agreed to promote middle semester students without exams.
Online Open Book Exams
DUTA in the announcement put petitions to the principals of colleges affiliated under the university to support the students and teachers in their pressure for a more reasonable, academic, and credible grading system for terminal semester students.
The task of academic administration lies in evaluating and reacting to real situations and not in deluding that “all is well” when it is not. The mock exercise for the OBE is nothing brief of a mockery of the substantial situations in which our pupils and their families find themselves currently, it said.
DUTA statement says, we advise you, in the best attention of the institutions you head and the pupils and teachers, to interfere in optimistic ways by bringing up some of the severe dotages of the OBE. For the same explanation, we bid to you to not succumb to the tension to contribute to the OBE because the real purpose seems to be only to proclaim it a success. We also appeal to you to hold the back of your students and teachers in these tough times.
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A conclusion influencing about 4 lakhs students in the terminal semesters of postgraduate and undergraduate courses offered in several modes (regular, SOL and NCWEB) and influencing households all over the country have been taken without heeding statutory methods is surprising, to say the least, contended in the DUTA statement.
According to a report by DUTA, 85 percent of DU students are in opposition to open book exams.
The statement revealed by DUTA indicated, the DUTA Survey cum Referendum, in which over 51,500 students joined in, has exhibited that close to 50% of students did not get material or could not have it and only 28% students could attend online classes with some frequency. Close to 34% of students could not enroll in any online class. 90% have voted to dismiss the idea of any examination at this minute and 85% have said ‘no’ against OBE.
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