University of Delhi: The MEd students of the Department of Education at the University of Delhi wrote to the Vice Chancellor, Yogesh Tyagi, urging him to abrogate the Open Book Examinations (OBE) for the terminal year students of the graduation and the post-graduation courses as well. The students have credited the administration with “a lack of an empathic response” and criticized it of coercing them into appearing for the OBE.
The students had conducted a survey on the preparedness of the students for the OBE entailing their technical, mental and physical well-being. Only a minority of 11% held favourable views for the OBE, but also view it unnecessary during the time of a global health crisis. The greater number of students believe OBE to be discriminatory in terms of inclusivity and equity, thus widening the gender, social and economical gap.
The deductions from their survey conclude a plethora of issues faced by the students, eg, technological setbacks like a lack of a good quality camera phone, absence of or a shared computer system at home, a bustling home environment, inaccessibility or inadequate access to the library, among many others. The DUTA has constantly accused the administration of not being inclusive while deciding the fate of the OBE and the MEd students have iterated the same. The inability of the website to allow the flow of heavy traffic has been a major area of concern among the teachers and the students equally.
The students apprehend the ambiguity surrounding the fair execution and evaluation of the OBE due to the aforementioned reasons. The students from lower socio-economic strata, the reserved categories, the Kashmiri students and the differently-abled students have been uneasy due to this abrupt digitization of education, what they have termed as “knowledge capitalism,” accusing the administration of jeopardizing their educational trajectory and careers.
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