College principals have said that it would be difficult to hold the unit tests for this year’s first year junior college students, but the department is yet to issue a notification on this.
The admissions process ended in last week with the academic year beginning approximately two months behind schedule. Principals say it will impossible to teach and test the students before the holidays begin in October.
“Last year we started in mid-August so there is absolutely no chance of unit tests given that we have started much later this year,” said Vijaylakshmi Bhat, vice-principal of Bhavan’s College at Chowpatty.
Usually colleges conduct one unit test and one terminal exam in each of the two terms. With colleges staying shut on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the earliest they will decide is Monday.
“The board has not yet sent us any letter. We will know of their decision in a couple of days,” said an education department official. For the past two weeks the department has been saying the decision is imminent.
Last year the department asked colleges to cancel their unit tests and conduct internal assessment instead.
“It is most likely that this year too the department will ask us to conduct internal assessment,” said Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES College at Sion.
“We will then get some time to teach the syllabus instead of the time taken up by the tests.”
Colleges have, meanwhile, already begun classes but fear there will not be enough time to finish the syllabus.
“The department could even decide to cancel the October holidays,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College, Bandra.