Students of Delhi University are opposing online examination
Students of Delhi University are opposing the online examination on social media, appealing to stop the examination, the students are mailing to the administrator
Taking forward the struggle against the recently announced Online Open Books Examinations (OPE) in Delhi University, All India Students’ Association (AISA) gave a call for ‘Protest From Home’ on 17th May 2020. Students held placards at their homes, flats, hostels, PGs etc and protested on Social Media with the hashtag #DURejectsOnlineExams and #DuAgainstOnlineExams. There were mass e-mails sent to the Vice Chancellor, Dean of Students’ Welfare and Joint Controller of Examinations with the demand of cancelling and rethinking the idea of online exams in DU.
Students from all over the university across 25 colleges and departments like Kirori Mal, Shivaji College, Dyal Singh, Dept of Social Work and RLA College participated in the protest widely, raising slogans against online exams through their placards, tweet, Facebook post and Instagram stories. Students, through social media, raised the different issues they are facing which make the proposal of online exams obscure. The difficulty faced by visually impaired students, Kashmiri students and women were reiterated along with the issues of Hindi medium students, internet connectivity and lack of study material.
The University wide survey by AISA has clearly shown that more than 70% students will not be able to participate in University exercises if the online method is implemented. If DU authorities continue to ignore the voices of the student community on the issue, they will end up defying everything that public education stands for.
AISA stands steadfastly against the exclusionary practice of online exams proposed in DU which will render the assessment inaccessible to most students of the University. AISA shall carry on the fight against Online OPEs in the time to come, pursuing to involve a higher number of students in the struggle for universal education.