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NPCTF raps NU on online exam
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Mar. 2011 1:09 AM IST
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Nagaland Private College Teachers Forum (NPCTF) rapped Nagaland University authorities for the various mistakes and errors in the recently concluded under graduate and graduate level examination through the newly introduced online system.
“So many errors in almost all the question papers were detected in the recently concluded NU examinations through the online system,” the members of the Forum led by its president Sivinir Terhüjah said while addressing a press conference at the Naga Club building here Friday. The Forum also pointed out that the new system was introduced without any trial and accused the university authority of playing with the career of the students.
According to the NPCTF, the “serious errors” included blank columns for the date of birth of candidates, absence of university logo and year of examinations which it said had so much confused the students. The teachers also questioned the confidentiality of the question papers as the CD which was provided to the colleges was not sealed. They said it could easily be misused by anybody. One of the members claimed that two hours was enough for any student to go through the question papers and prepare for their examination.
The NPCTF said that the many errors clearly revealed that there was no proper moderation which resulted in the numerous spelling mistakes which were below the standard. It was stated that some questions were set from outside the syllabus. The teachers demanded that the university compensate marks for those mistakes and outside the syllabus questions. They also demanded that the question papers be allowed to be set by the concerned subject teachers in the nest examination so as to avoid repetitions and cover all the chapters and properly moderated. The NPCTF expressed apprehension that the questions papers were tempered time and pointed out the varying font size of the question papers provided to different colleges.
Asked why it was late in reacting to the alleged errors, the Forum said it was hoping that the students would voice out on the issue. The Forum said it had earlier issued a press statement hoping that the university would rectify the mistake but that the authority seemed less bothered. The Forum said it had shot off a complaint letter to the university authority but that the latter never acknowledged.
On the newly introduced online system, the Forum said
that it could be good in the near future but added that it was too early for the new system to be introduced. They said some of the colleges could not even download the question papers due the poor communication network and had to rush to other colleges to get the CD.
The NPCTF maintained that teachers should be properly trained first since many of the senior teachers were not computer literate pointing out that only computer literate were called for evaluation.
Alleging that the university authority was not serious on examination system, the teachers claimed that education in the university was in a haphazard condition. They also pointed out that there was no uniform marking system and expressed apprehension that the Nagas would ultimately be the losers if the trend continued.
The Forum advocated semester system which was being practiced in other universities. The teachers said semester system would best suit the students with the internal assessment. However, the NPCTF also made clear stand that it was not against any change in the system but that it wanted the university authority to take the responsibilities.

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