As the four no-teaching days for teachers were about to end at the University of Mumbai, the varsity extends the non-instructional days by four more days so as to have the examiners concentrate on exam paper evaluation.
On July 21, the varsity made an announcement that said that July 24 to July 27 are non-instructional days, when regular classes remained suspended so as to aid teachers to concentrate only on assessment, for the time being. The first day itself, 5,023 teachers took up the job and corrected 95,537 answer scripts, the highest number so far.
The officiating Director of Board of Examination Deepak Wasave encouraged, “We request the teachers to continue with their efforts so that we can meet the July 31 deadline set by the governor.”
In a circular issued on Thursday evening, Wasave extended the non-instructional days till July 31, for only the Arts, Law and Commerce faculties.
The decision comes from the side of the university so as to meet the July 31 deadline for result declaration set by Chancellor and Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. The circular, declaring 4 more non-instructional days for Arts department, clears that the Science and Technology faculty has finished 95 per cent of the assessment, the Management faculty is done with 90 per cent and the Arts Faculty is left with about 20 per cent.
Where all faculties will still spend a a part of their day doing assessment, those members from Arts, Law and Commerce streams will spend all of their next four days only assessing and moderating papers. With this decision of the university, teachers are now concerned that a week-long non-teaching period will affect the academic calendar of the university. A teacher put forth, “According to University Grants Commission, teachers are supposed to complete 90 days of teaching before a semester exam. A week will now be lost and the entire examination schedule, too, will be pushed ahead.”