Kerala University exams to begin tomorrow, students demand postponement
Kollam: A large number of students have been campaigning on social media seeking postponement of the Kerala University exams. The university has scheduled to conduct the exams from Monday onwards. Observing the COVID situation in the state, the students criticised the university’s decision to conduct the exams.
“We are not worried about the exams. But is there any guarantee for our safety in college? How should we reach the college when the public transport is interrupted?,” asked the students.
Kerala Technical University will also begin the exams on Monday. But these exams are conducted online. Classes for the students are also conducted online for the last 15 months.
If the technical university can conduct the exams online, why is the Kerala university conducting the exams offline, the students asked with disappointment.
Students in various colleges under Kerala University have created WhatsApp groups to declare protest against the university’s decision to conduct the exams.
“We have contacted ministers and officials directly. But nobody is ready to understand our worries,” complained the students. The students have also conducted a social media survey seeking opinion on conducting the exams.
Earlier, MP Shashi Tharoor had declared support to the students. In a tweet, he pointed out the study of Psychological Research Centre found that 60 percent of students are battling depression due to the COVID crisis. Students welcomed Tharoor’s tweet which supported them.
Shashi Tharoor also appealed to the Kerala governor and Chief Minister to rethink on the decision.
Meanwhile, the students have been declaring their protests by commenting on the Facebook posts of the union minister of education and Chief Minister. Parents also expressed their concern over sending their children to colleges amid the pandemic.
Polytechnic students also protest
Polytechnic students also hosted an online campaign condemning the unscientific move to conduct the exams. Their exams will commence on July 7. They have been conducting social media campaign with the hashtag ‘Justice for Kerala Polytechnic Students’.
Exams of the first, third and fifth semesters are scheduled to be held in July.
At present, those who are studying the third semester have to appear for the first-semester exam.
Like this, other students have to appear for the exams.The students will be in trouble with the commencement of second, fourth and sixth-semester exams.