A widespread strike has been conducted by the students on the decisions of the universities about taking on-campus exams. Interestingly this protest is being recorded on online platform twitter. Students are criticizing universities and minister education Shafqat Mehmood for the decision to take on-campus exams.
On this regard a hash tag #SayNoToOnCampusExamsUMT is also trending on top from the students of University of Management and technology UMT. Other hashtags include #WeWantOnlineExams #saynotophysicalexams are also trending along with other hashtags.
Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, online classes and online lectures were being conducted at all educational institutions and universities. Recently, almost all the universities have announced regarding the examinations for the students that the students will have to come to the university in person for the examinations of the current semester and it has also been made clear that no student can pass without the examinations.
COVID-19 pandemic is at its peak in Pakistan
In this regard, let us tell you that COVID-19 pandemic is at its peak in Pakistan at the moment and the number of cases has exceeded thousands. Among them, it is incomprehensible for the government to open universities and conduct examinations.
Why can’t the exams be online like before?
Students say that if all the semester lectures can be online, then why can’t the exams be online like before? There have been widespread protests on social media, with students saying that at a critical time when Corona pandemic is on the rise, conducting online exams is a major blow to students’ academic careers. And should the government necessarily reconsider this decision of the universities so that the academic career of the students is not at stake?
Let us tell you that after this decision, the Minister of Education, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, is also facing severe criticism from the students. So far no position has been taken by the educational institution on the matter and no official statement has been issued in support or denial of the matter. However, the students are still protesting. And students are expressing the hope that the government will understand their concerns and reconsider this decision.