Due to COVID-19, the nations under lockdown for many days and that is why all the educational institutions have been shut down temporarily. Still, every institution is trying is best to teach students by conducting online lectures and providing notes so that students would not have to compromise in their studies. It is already informed by the Delhi University that final year students would have their examinations in the month of July. If the future condition would not be suitable for the students, then the University would conduct an Open Book Examination. The details for this kind of exam would soon be notified to the students.
But students are against the decision of Open Book Examinations.
REASONS AGAINST OPEN BOOK EXAMINATION:
- There are many students who live in villages and towns and especially those students who reside in Kashmir do not have proper access to the internet. Kashmir students do not have a 4G connection and that is why it is difficult for them to appear for online exams.
- There are many students who are visually impaired. It is nearly impossible for those students to appear for open book exams.
- There are many students who have gone to their hometown in the mid-semester break and do not have books and notes. So would it be possible for them to appear for open-book examinations without books?
- Apart from all these logistical issues, there are many physiological issues due to which students cannot appear for open book exams. They too difficult some family issues.
TWITTER TREND IS ONE OF THE PROTEST:
In the view of all the drawbacks of not appearing for open book examinations, several protests are done by the students. Twitter trend is one of the protests carried down by all the Delhi University students. Amidst all the protests against the conduct of examinations, 40 students from different colleges of Delhi University has written to the Chief Justice of High Court, urging him to take cognizance of the matter.
The University has announced the OBE format for its exams on May 13 and many students and teachers have protested against it. In the letter to the Chief Justice DN Patel, students have written that many of them are unable to get any benefit from the online lectures and the idea of OBE exams is “blatantly unfair and demanding for students.”
STATEMENT OF THE STUDENTS:
“Every student shall have different logistical and psychological issues to deal with at one’s home. Disables students shall require scribes. We also have students with sick family members at home to take care of. Online exams will lead to great discomfort for Kashmiri students and they may fail without being given a fair chance,” they explained.
A third-year student from Delhi School of Journalism said, “ we went to the residence to the Chief Justice and submitted the letter petition.” However, the statement of the Chief Justice is still not revealed.