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Delhi’s open book tests raise few concerns for teachers

It has been officially declared that the final year college students might have an online mode of exam in July 2020. The teachers from various institutions have raised concerns over this. Many teachers in different colleges under Delhi University have written the DU’s Head of the Department with this regard.

Around 171 teachers from different colleges wrote to the HoD, Sudhir Shah stating that the online mode of exams may not be as feasible as they think. Also many students might find it difficult and uncomfortable due to various reasons.

The most important issue they point out is that the online classes weren’t that effective due to poor connections and various distractions. Also some students may not have adequate internet facility and few may not have enough resources in the containment areas. Hence time-bound exams will not be encouraged by the students and that may depress them. Few have left the university abruptly when the lockdown was announced and that they were unaware of the updates given to them,

They gave two suggestions; ‘either the students must be passed based on the internal marks for this semester, or the marks can be evaluated based on their GPA’s combined with the internal marks”.

The teachers asked the HoD to take this concern further to the Dean Examinations. In response Shah told that he has replied to the letter and that some sort of examinations has to be conducted to the final years leaving the rest. He also added that it is the student’s responsibility to be updated with the current affairs as the technology is reachable to everyone. He also told that the decision is not final and changes may occur in view of the pandemic.

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