Less than two weeks before the much discussed online examination for the summer 2020 batch is scheduled to start, students are grappling with a new problem. While two circulars released by the University of Mumbai inside the final ten days have mentioned the need for a comprehensive bank of a couple of choice questions (MCQs) for every cluster of colleges, it does not mention whether this question bank must be shared with students leaving many at a loss for words and anxious.
“State minister for higher and technical education has prior to now assured us that a question bank for every subject will be compiled and shared with students because MCQ format papers is a new concept. But now, colleges aren’t sharing anything, and instead insisting on holding mock tests only,” said Siddharth Ingle president, Maharashtra Students Union (MASU).
Colleges at present have already started work on putting together an exam schedule and conducting mock tests for their students to understand the new concept.
“The university circular mentions the need for a comprehensive MCQ bank but nowhere does it mention the need for colleges to share the same with students. Mock tests have been made obligatory and we are working on it,” said the principal of a prominent suburban college. He added that students have been demanding for a question bank for the past one week and they have got all been given the university circular for clarity on the issue.
Most colleges have already started work on setting question papers both for the practice test and the last exams.
“Since the concept that is new, university and the state education branch has insisted on a practice test for students, which will have to help students understand the concept that. Colleges have not been asked to share question banks with students,” said Sobhana Vasudevan, principal, R A Podar College Matunga.
“Colleges aren’t allowed to share any questions with the students and in an effort to ease them into the new examination format, the circular clarifies that pattern or mock tests will be the key for all colleges,” said Anju Kapoor, principal of Usha Pravin Gandhi College, Vile Parle. She added that every one college teachers are already working on ensuring that students appear for a mock test before the last exams commence on October 1.
While the MU controller of examination, Vinod Patil could not be reached for an official remark, a senior official from the examination branch has confirmed that colleges wouldn’t have to share any questions with students.
As per the MU schedule, practical exams for repeater candidates will begin on September 15 whereas their theory exam will start from September 25. Exams for fresh candidates will take place between October 1 and 15, 2020.