AFTER HAVING ‘helped’ students seek admission and then with important questions and even copying during examinations, student leaders now, are out to fetch even pass marks for their protégés!
The Lucknow University Students’ Union (LUSU) general secretary has given a memorandum to Controller of Examinations, RBS Verma, to award additional five grace marks to students so they may not fail and waste a year.
In his plea to Verma, Tripathi says the LU must revive last year’s practice of awarding extra grace marks so that those students who are not able to secure pass marks, may not waste a year.
According to Tripathi, the varsity should allow the additional grace marks in the interests of the students.
Now, that Tripathi has taken the ‘unique’ initiative, other student leaders are planning to follow suit and mount pressure on the varsity administration for awarding additional grace marks. They reckon that if they do not support the cause and if the varsity agrees to award additional grace marks, then Tripathi would take all the credit for that. And hence, student leaders, cutting across party lines are extending their support to LUSU General Secretary’s memorandum in a tactical manner.
Most of the student leaders alleged that since the admission work went on as late as October and November, many of the students who sought admission then, could not attend all the classes properly and hence, could not fare well in the examination. They also alleged that the examiners were not evaluating the answer sheet properly and were awarding less marks. “So, it was the moral duty of the LU administration to step up and give their consent for the grace marks!” they said.
The LU administration has refused to comment on the issue. Some officials said, on conditions of anonymity, those students who had not fared well may appear in the Back Paper examinations to be held later this year.
Their argument was that this practice would not help the cause of the failed students and awarding grace marks would imply that they would pass the examinations with Third Division.
But student leaders are not ready to give up. They are bent upon to forcing the LU administration to give their consent of awarding special grace marks. Also, they do not wish the students to shell out extra fee for the backpaper exams!
Let’s wait and watch!