The lockdown that started on Chaitra 6, 2076 officially ended on Shrawan 6,2077. With lockdown coming to an end with certain restrictions, the largest university in Nepal, Tribhuvan University is looking to conduct the exam before the Dashain.
In the notice released by the Institute of Science and Technology, TU, it is stated that the exams will be conducted from the second week of Bhadra. This decision has enraged and tensed many students who feel that the decision to conduct examination is not right.
Here, I, one of the students of Tribhuwan University, express my view on why the university needs to reconsider its decision:
a) Alternatives for Exams:
There are several alternatives available to T.U than taking physical exams. This includes online exams, oral examination, internal evaluation, or passing the students without any sorts of exams.
With online exams, students can give the exam from home and it will ensure the students’ health safety as well. However, we all know that the internet connection in Nepal is bad. There is always a chance of powercut and no internet connectivity even if the power is available.
The problem with the oral examination is that we Nepalese people are trained to write better than speak. So, we always get nervous when there is viva and therefore is less likely. Also, if the oral exam is online, then it is even worse.
While online exam seems the most unlike, the most useful alternative in this scenario is using the internal evaluation for marking.
With internal marking, yearly/ semester wise performance can be analyzed and the marks can be used as the best alternative rather than conducting a physical exam. This also will ensure that the students who have studied throughout the semester/year only pass and not all students which can happen in passing all students as an alternative.
the most useful alternative in this scenario is using the internal evaluation for marking.
With internal marking, yearly/ semester wise performance can be analyzed and the marks can be used as the best alternative rather than conducting a physical exam.
b) Students who are out of valley:
The most affected students are the ones who have moved out of the valley. The lockdown was imposed for a massive four months and it is no brainer that most of them haven’t carried their study materials to their villages and home. Also, they are not able to access the internet properly if they are to read through the internet.
The government has decided to only open the public transportation to/from Kathmandu valley after Bhadra 1. So, even if a student arrives in Kathmandu valley on the very first day, it will only leave him/her a week to prepare for the exam that can make or break a career.
The government has decided to only open the public transportation to/from Kathmandu valley after Bhadra 1. So, even if a student arrives in Kathmandu valley on the very first day, it will only leave him/her a week to prepare for the exam
c) Ensuring student’s health in the exam:
T.U. seems to have no plans to ensure the health of the students giving the exam. T.U seem to only care about exams. The T.U is in no position to decide if a particular student has not been affected by the coronavirus? Asking all the students to have PCR tests before letting them take the exam also makes no sense. The invigilator and other members in the exam centres too may have been infected! Conducting exam without making significant efforts for health safely of the students is a mistake T.U should never take.
When T.U has an alternative as efficient as Internal Evaluation to use as marking for the exam, it is painful to see the university advocating for exams without even without thinking about the students’ health and the students who have been out of the valley.