Final year students from across the country are not satisfied with the HRD’s decision to conduct online exams in view of Covid-19. The HRD has announced that there should be a fear of the spread of infection and not of examinations. A hashtag saying “students’ lives matter” became famous among students on social media. Students exhibited their resentment and dissatisfaction with the decision of conducting online exams trough the hashtag. An online petition signed by over 46000 students claimed that students are not fearing online exams rather they are in fear of community spreading. Students included that it is easy to maintain social distancing in the examination center but it’s is not possible in hostels where they have common washrooms, a common mess.
Another petition was signed by over 75000 students which says that students do understand the criticalness of this extraordinary situation. Students also respect the guidelines and rules imposed by the government to prevent the spread of the disease. The petition further concluded that there are various aspects that the administration needs to understand from a student’s point of view. The petition left a question on the government asking why our government cannot prioritize students lives over exams.
A teacher at the University of Delhi’s Hansraj College tweeted that India has already reached the third position in the world’s most COVID affected countries. The situation may get worse by September end while the idea of commencement of offline or online exams remains a big no. The tweet further includes that MHA and HRD do not care for students’ lives.
A final year student tweeted that why is the ministry changing it’s guidelines frequently. It is difficult for the students to appear for the exams. Why can’t final year students be promoted without exams?
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank the Union Human Resource Minister on Monday said that it is important to safeguard the students from being infected but it is equally important to assure educational credibility and occupational opportunities.
The HRD minister on Monday declared that exams for final year students have to be conducted by September end, deferring the schedule of July in view of Covid-19.
He further included that the Universities will conduct offline exams for the students who are unable to appear for exams in September as and when the situation gets stable.