Exams or life? Why do students protest?
Now corona virus pandemic is spreading very dangerously so the students of various states are very conscious .
Students say they have ‘No Choice’ and are forced to appear for exams.
Bengaluru Christ University is conducting online exams from today after the UGC guidelines for conducting the final semester exams came in July 2020. Students are holding protests as they are forced to choose between online exams or offline exams with no preparatory leave.
What are the UGC guidelines?
University grants commission (UGC) directed final year exams should be taken by the end of September this year. Also stating that it is very important and should be conducted through pen/paper mode, online mode or blended mode.
Students are widely seen protesting against this decision. And have taken this to twitter with #studentlivesmatter to stop examinations during the pandemic. Students stated that coming to an examination centre for writing their papers will risk their chances of getting affected by COVID.
Other students also protest that online examinations will not have a subject of credibility. Some have raised the issue of not having proper wifi connectivity or laptops at home. And network issues during the test can lead to unorganised examinations.
Punjab CM has written a letter to Narendra Modi seeking review of UGC directives. Delhi is also still standing on cancellation of final year University Exams. Although UGC has reiterated that the state government cannot make the decision and have to abide by their directives.
Is it right to protest?
Students have raised concern about mental health, mentioning exams will only add more tension in the current situation. President Abhishek Nandan (University of Hyderabad, student union) says ‘Students should be promoted based on their past performance’. The NSUI has also protested against the UGC decision and is running #SpeakupForStudent campaign on social media demanding cancellation of exams.