Exams’ conduction in the year 2020, has been a big challenge to all the educational institutions. Choosing the Multiple Choice Questions’ format for various university level examinations is not feasible. This is because this method will not test the analytical skill of students. Also, the literature studying students would bear disadvantages, says the academicians.
The concern by academicians came against the backdrop of Delhi High Court, asking UGC to clarify the structure of exams. The Court asked to come to the conclusion. Whether MCQs, Open choices, assignments or presentation has been chosen for final years’ exams conduction.
However, the UGC told that around 6000 universities across the country have already executed final year exams or about to conduct them.
Earlier this month, UGC has directed all the universities to hold final year exams till the month of September. In April, UGC asked to hold exams in July. But, due to the rising coronavirus cases in the country, it postponed the dates.
Punjab, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Delhi have announced reservations against the plan, illustrating the COVID-19 problem.
Professor Rajesh Jha, an executive council member of DU said that students are unaware of this new format. They are trained for analytical study. As a result, they will be caught and that will decrease their marks. All of a sudden one cannot impose things without testing. And COVID situation is not meant for experimentation.
Pankaj Garg, professor of Rajdhani College, cited that this is a new way of examination conduction. Students are not taught the way OBE demands. Adding further he pointed out the problem of the internet. Bihar and Assam are already facing flood issues. This has increased Internet connectivity for many areas. If MCQ format prevails for final year exams, students will need to have a proper internet connection, which seems too difficult.
Saikat Ghosh, a professor at Khalsa college said that the way subjects and topics are designed, it needs an. analytical approach. Moreover, the lectures also believe in a thorough study. This MCQ method can’t test the analytical skills of the students. He added the students pursuing literature would be in great loss if the MCQ option is considered for the exams.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) summoned a meeting on Thursday. The meeting aims to discuss the above issues.
According to the senior UGC official, the guidelines have not asked to conduct the exams right away or at the end of September. The states can come up with a feasible calendar. Also, it was clearly mentioned that exams could be done online, offline, or in a mixed approach.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools and universities are closed since 16th March. Even the government lifted certain restrictions but the educational institutions did not get permission to reopen.