After it began manual assessment of answer papers, University of Mumbai (MU) has stopped the process, having decided to wait till it finds an agency to do the digital correction of papers. This will now mean that assessment of answer sheets will begin after the second week of May, almost six weeks later than the official date when the process was supposed to start.
“Until now, assessment had to begin within three days of the exam. But now, although almost all third-year examination has been completed, we are yet to start assessment. The delay in results will be unimaginable,” said the principal of a Bandra college. HT had earlier reported about the manual assessment of third year Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) papers being conducted at select assessment centres in the city. The same has now been stopped and all answer booklets have been called back to the examination house at MU’s Kalina campus. “This is kind of delay is uncalled for,” he added.
In a meeting held with the Board of Examination (BoE) on Saturday evening, it was decided to conduct training for teachers in digital assessment in April itself with the hope of finding a third bidder to conduct on-screen assessment of papers starting May. Keeping in mind the fact that over 19.50 lakh answer booklets will need to be scanned first, then assessed, many college principals think paper assessment will not begin before mid-May.
“MU should have introduced digital assessment in phases, and that would have ensured a more civilised method of implementing this new methodology. By forcing the same on everybody with zero preparedness is going to cost them heavily and the end sufferers will be students,” said the principal of a suburban college. Principals as well as teachers have pointed out that this delay will not only affect those students opting for further education, but also the start of admissions for first year degree students for the next academic year.
Teachers are also upset about the delay in assessment eating into their May holidays. “This is not the first time we are sacrificing our holidays for examination work. The fact that the university doesn’t respect our life is very unfair. What’s worse is that we don’t even get paid for our work in time,” said a teacher.
According to the statement released by MU on Sunday, the university is still showing insistence on how this move will not delay results. “This new method of assessment will not only ensure complete stop to malpractices introduced during manual assessment, but will also bring down the amount of time evaluate and announce results by more than half,” states the circular.
Teacher training for on-screen assessment to take place between April 24 and 28
Even though the University of Mumbai is not yet sure of finding the third bidder for their e-tender to start digital assessment of answer booklets, teacher training in this process has already been scheduled. From April 24 to April 28, teachers will be trained in on-screen assessment of answer papers at select centres.
“Training will take place in 50 different centres across all seven districts under the jurisdiction of MU,” said a statement released by MU spokesperson on Sunday afternoon.