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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Teachers’ union asks governor to probe MU exam goof-ups

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 09, 2013
First Published: 01:58 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:59 IST(9/5/2013)

The teachers’ union has again written to the state governor, complaining about malpratices and irregularities in the conduct of Mumbai university exams and asking for an independent inquiry.

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The latest missive, containing various complaints by agitating teachers, comes after several administrative bungles and gaffes, including missing or incomplete questions, and wrongly distributed papers. The Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) sent their letter to governor K Sankaranara-yanan, who also officiates as the chancellor of all state universities, on Sunday.

The union has been boycotting all exam-related work since February 4, and has complained that in the absence of qualified teachers, officials are roping in underqualified ones to correct papers.

“The assessment of answer scripts is another important part of the examination system. But in the last few years, this responsible work is being assigned to teachers appointed on contract basis, not even approved by the university, and even persons who have not taught the subject, exposing students to the danger of erratic assessment without serious moderation,” said the letter signed by CR Sadasivan, president of BUCTU. “...the the university has issued circulars to the directors of the centralised assessment project to contact the colleges in the neighborhood and get examiners to assess the answer papers.”

University officials have consistently denied wrongdoing and maintain that only qualified and authorised people are allowed to assess papers.

The letter goes on to slam the university’s declining standards and the suffering of students. “Complaints from the students, parents and even the academic community have fallen on deaf ears and the mismanagement continues unabated till date. The university, which was known for the height of its academic contribution, is now known for the depth of mismanagement.”

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