DU teachers’ protest may delay exam result
Students of Delhi University can bid goodbye to any hopes of a timely declaration of results. A section of the teaching community has refused to correct papers in order to protest compulsory central evaluation of answer scripts.delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2009 14:07 IST
Students of Delhi University can bid goodbye to any hopes of a timely declaration of results. A section of the teaching community has refused to correct papers in order to protest compulsory central evaluation of answer scripts.
“Teachers have been asked to come to the evaluation centers and correct copies there rather than taking the copies home,” said S.C. Panda, DU Executive Council member. “But each teacher has to travel to different evaluation centers to correct multiple papers,” he said.
Panda added that teachers had also been given multiple duties.
“A teacher has to invigilate for three hours during the exam and then go to the evaluation center for correction of scripts. In the little time that he or she has left he can correct only a few copies,” said Panda.
However, M.M. Rehman, Officer on Special Duty, Examinations, said that teachers had been given the flexibility to adjust their timings.
“Each teacher has to invigilate for a maximum of nine papers in a month. Teachers can visit the evaluation center anywhere between 9am to 6 pm,” said Rehman. “They also have to correct a maximum of 25 Honours copies per day,” he added.
Delay in submission of answer scripts by evaluators has plagued the DU examination branch for years.
“Many teachers sit on the answer scripts and do not return them on time. They end up correcting hundreds of scripts in a
day,” said Rajesh Aggarwal, Associate professor, Commerce at Hans Raj College.
“Asking teachers to correct copies at the evaluation center will ensure that they submit the copies on time and maintain quality. However, the facilities at the evaluation centers are not good and many do not even have air conditioned offices,” said Aggarwal.
Teachers blame the result delay on the examination branch.
“Most of the holdup is due to the delay in tabulation of marks and moderation of internal assessment marks by the examination branch,” said Surender Kumar, Commerce teacher at College of Vocational Studies.
“Teachers have given a written undertaking to the coordinator of an evaluation center stating that they would submit the answer scripts on time if they were allowed to take them home,” Kumar said.