• Tue. Feb 7th, 2023



2 sisters among 7 siblings with a borrowed smartphone face clash in online exams | Chandigarh News

Patiala: Two sisters at Nangla village in Sunam block of Patiala district, one a BA student and another in MA, will be appearing for their terminal online theory examinations of Punjabi University on the same day due to a clash in examination dates announced by the university. What poses a bigger problem for them is that they are depending on one smartphone, which is borrowed, to take the exam.
“On September 28, I have my political science exam and my elder sister has her history final exam. On September 29, I have my history exam and she has ‘National Movement’ paper. We have one smartphone, borrowed from my friend only a few weeks back so that my younger siblings who are studying in government schools could attend online classes. Now, they too have their online exams, being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board from September 21. We are six sisters and a brother. My father works as a labourer and is the family’s only breadwinner. We all (siblings) want to study and do well in life,” said one of the two sisters.
According to the university date sheet, exams will be held from September 25 to October 12. If MA English papers are scheduled for September 25, 26, 28 and 29, so are MA History exams. “Students should have been given more time to prepare for exams. How will they prepare in a day?” asked a senior professor of the university.
Their other concern is that the university has no mechanism to curb impersonation or dummy candidates in online exams, and the Punjab Bandh called by farmers on September 25, as exam is scheduled on that day.
University examination controller J I S Khattar said, “We are taking an undertaking from students on their answer sheets, that he/she is the same person/candidate appearing in the online exam, to check impersonation. If on September 25, any student is not able to submit answer sheets through speed post or direct delivery at a university or college nearby, he/she may be asked to submit it the following day.”
About internet access and examination clash issues, he said, “We have staggered timings for MA and BA final year exams, with one starting an hour later. So students who have only one mobile phone can manage the timings even if exam dates clash.”

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