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BA IV semester question paper – Serious lapse in question paper setting

 

 

 

In yet another shocking incident,Calicut University BA Afsal Ulama question makers donated answers too in fourth sem exam finds out CNM Reporter

While other Universities in State are in dock over the scandals in excessive or unauthorized grant of moderation, the so called “mark donation”, the Calicut University is now alleged to have granted “answers donation” for their own students in the question papers supplied to them.

When they received the question paper for this paper, little did they expect that they could find the correct answer for each question in MCQ section

 

 

The BA Afsal Ul Ulama distance education students of Calicut University had a great surprise and windfall when they appeared for the examination in Hadees Literature and Science of Prophetic Tradition paper of the fourth semester examination held in last June.

When they received the question paper for this paper, little did they expect that they could find the correct answer for each question in MCQ section . The correct answers had been printed in bold letters. The correct answer, among the four answers given, for each question could be easily identifiable for the students, going by their thickness in printing with bold letters for the correct answers.

The faux pas was noticed at the centralized valuation camp held recently. The teachers who evaluated the scripts revealed that the answers printed with bigger letters were the correct ones.

The objective type questions of Section A in the question paper in lieu of the internal assessment had carried 20 questions with multiple answers for each question. This part carries a total mark of 20 while the other section with descriptive answers to be written has a total of 80 marks.

Since the distance education students do not have internal assessment, whereas their counterparts in regular colleges have continuous internal assessment by their own teachers for their performance in the studies, the varsity has introduced OMR questions to the tune of 20 marks, to match with the total marks of 100 for both stream candidates.

The genesis of the comedy of errors in setting of question papers in Calicut University is now turned to the question bank prepared for the distance education students. The teachers who prepared the questions for the question bank appear to have given the correct answers in bold letters for easy comprehensibility by the students.

The varsity has not taken cognizance of the grave error in the question paper of the BA Afsal Ulama fourth semester examination. More than 1000 students have written this examination.

Since this has become an issue with the newspapers reporting in its first page, the matter may be seized of by the Standing Committe on Examinations at its next sitting.

In all such cases of commission and omission in the conduct of examinations in the past and recently, the varsity used to cancel such exams and the students directed to write fresh exams. The vigil, fairness and transparency in the conduct of University exams have been seriously compromised in this case.

In yet another shocking incident of missing answer scripts very recently, 17 answer sheets of fourth semester degree exam went missing from the Pareeksha Bhavan of Calicut University.
The answer sheets of distance education students, which have not been evaluated and false numbered for despatch, went missing from the EDE section of the examination wing.

According to examination wing officials, the answer papers went missing after the staff at the section affixed false numbers on them.

Much hullabaloo and allegations and counter allegations among the staff Unions followed over the missing incident.

The University finally lodged a complaint with the Police on the missing of answer papers from the Pareeksha Bhavan. The Police investigation is now on.

Adding to the mystery shrouded the missing case, the teacher returned the 17 missing answer sheets to the varsity after evaluation.
He has informed the Pareeksha Bhavan authorities that he received the answer scripts for evaluation from the varsity itself.
On Monday, the teacher returned the answer scripts to the varsity and gave the explanation that the 17 missing answer sheets were part of the bundle of 217 answer sheets he had received from the varsity for evaluation.

The Standing Committe of Syndicate on Examinations, at its meeting held on Saturday, decided to conduct a reexamination for the 17 students whose answer papers were found missing.

The Varsity’s decision to cancel the fourth semester BA/BSc Arabic Common course paper, Culture and Civilization is a rude shock to 17 distance education students who are our into severe harassment of rewriting the examination already written by them. Most of them are students from far off places studying on their own simultaneously working for their livelihood

Though the missing scripts were returned to the University after a gap of 51 days, the Standing Committe on Examinations felt that the confidential nature of the scripts has been lost and hence decided for a reexamination.

The Committee also decided to hand over the scripts in question to the Police as part of investigation.

The Chief examiner and the examiner who evaluated the 17 scripts were summoned by the Committee for a hearing. The examiners attended the hearing on Saturday following which the Committee took a decision for a reexamination.

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