Examinations are considered as an important part of our education. Every year students have to appear for their examination. It is like a ritual which has been disliked by many students but accepted as a part of their lives by all.
But this year, 2020, is filled with dreadful surprises. Firstly the entire world is under the ruthless and treacherous clutches of the virus Covid-19 which seems to have no end. The number of cases are increasing day by day. In India the cases have spiked rapidly and now stands at 246,628 confirmed cases and 6,929 fatalities. India has surpassed Spain to become the 5th worst Covid-19 hit nation. Secondly, with the lockdown starting to ease and the economy slowly opening up the threat for transmission is now more dangerous than ever. Going out is not a good idea. Scientists say that with no vaccines available yet, social distancing is the most effective method of breaking the chain of transmission.
Students are worried about their own well being and fear that conducting examinations at a time when the entire nation is under critical situation will be like walking towards their own death voluntarily. Conducting examinations physically will prove disastrous and goes against the entire concept of social distancing while conducting online examinations brings out the digital gap between the fortunates who have access to smartphones, computers, laptops, Internet connectivity and the less fortunates who do not have these resources.
Many governments have put examinations on hold and most have decided to promote students on previous year marks.
The news of Maharashtra governor BhagatSingh Koshyari granting permission to conduct all under-graduate and postgraduate examinations of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences has spread turmoil and panic amongst students.
In an official statement, Koshyari, who is also Chancellor of state universities, gave his approval for the examinations after Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh met him at Raj Bhavan.
Similar news also came in from Odisha, the government last week issued a revised order that allowed the conducting of examinations in schools and colleges.
“Schools, colleges, other educational training coaching institutions, etc. will remain closed till 31st July,2020. However, conduct shall be permitted,” an order issued by the Special Relief Commissioner was quoted as saying by Odisha’s Kalinga TV.
Students in Odisha took to twitter to voice their concerns regarding this pressing issue.
But this issue is not only a matter of concern for students in Odisha. Thousands of students in many parts of the country are panicking. Over 50,000 students and doctors appearing for entrance examinations at AIIMS were left concerned after the institution decided to conduct the examinations on June 11 instead of June 5.
Dr Gautama Tiwari, a doctor practicing at a private hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan said, “Scheduling the examination at a time when the COVID-19 lockdown has not yet been lifted is simply careless. It not only puts our lives in danger but also stands to endanger the community.”
AIIMS said that examination centres have been spread across the country and that all social distancing rules shall be maintained at these centres including the mandatory wearing of a face mask and use of hand sanitizer.
In Delhi, Union Cabinet Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has granted permission for conducting open book online examination for 3rd year undergraduate and postgraduate students while those of intermediate years will be promoted on a 50-50 basis, 50% from the previous semester marks and 50% from internal assessment of the current year.
light to this situation students have taken to their social media accounts like twitter to start a campaign of #StudentLivesMatter to make their voices heard. This trend became worldwide amid the killing of George Floyd, an African-American unarmed man, by the hands of a US cop. The nation had gone into an outrage and the slogan #BlackLivesMatter became global.
Students were seen filling their twitter with memes which one could say a simple yet effective way of making a plea.
The Lockdown in India is witnessing its fifth phase which will be effective till June 30, 2020. With the country unlocking in phased manner, containment zones are still under strict restrictions and no relaxations have been provided.