Teachers and student bodies have criticised the Delhi University’s decision to hold final year post-graduate and under-graduate exams in ‘open-book’ mode online if the COVID-19 situation doesn’t normalise soon, terming it ‘discriminatory’ which would put a large section of pupils in anxiety.
The ‘open-book’ examination mode would allow students to refer to books, notes and other study materials to answer the questions. Students will download question papers for their respective course from the web portal sitting at home and upload the answers within two hours.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) termed the system of holding online exams ‘discriminatory’ and ‘unfair’.
The concept of an ‘open-book’ examination is very different from the kind of tests our students are used to. Springing this ugly surprise on them in such uncertain and anxious times will increase the anxiety of large sections of students, especially since the normal teaching-learning process has been disrupted due to the pandemic,’ the teachers’ body said.
The Delhi University’s Executive Council member Rajesh Jha, along with some other members of the council, have also written to the VC over the issue.
‘This unilateral move to organise remote open book exams to be attempted at home by the students of Delhi University will push higher education towards privatization by devaluing its degrees and diluting their rigour.
Among the student bodies, the Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA) said online exams are not a feasible form of assessment for the wide diaspora of pupils in DU.
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