Several students of Indira Gandhi National Open University, IGNOU, have taken to social media to demand online examinations. The Term End Examination (TEE) December 2021 was postponed by IGNOU on January 6, 2022 due to the rapid surge in COVID cases due to the spread of the Omicron Variant.
Students have been utilising Twitter to express their concerns over appearing for the IGNOU TEE December 2021 exams in offline mode. The hashtag “#JusticeforIGNOUStudents” and “#JusticeforStudents” have been trending and used by many to contact the university regarding the decision on the TEE December 2021 exams.
Students are urging IGNOU to shift the exams to online mode and give the students options to appear for an Open Book Exam (OBE) due to safety concerns as chances of infection are high due to the ease of transmission of the Omicron variant.
Online exams are majorly being demanded by students. They wonder if assignments, submissions and classes can occur in online mode, the institution should consider the same for term end exams. Several students have also asked the institution to conduct the exams in a blended mode, if a complete online shift is not possible.
The inspiration of blended mode of examination comes from a concept note released by the University Grants Commission (UGC) which recommended ‘blended learning’ to take place in higher education institutions. Blended mode comprises of conducting the exam in both online and offline mode. Many have shown preference to this mode as it makes the exams accessible for all since internet and network connection may not be stable for all.
Frustration continues to rise for the students due to the delay in exams. The IGNOU TEE exams were postponed on Jan 6. The exams which were scheduled to take place from January 20 to February 23, 2022, are yet to be rescheduled. Students have not been provided with a new revised dates for the exams.
With exams being delayed, many students fear they may miss out on job opportunities and recruitment exams as they won’t meet the eligibility criteria to apply for them. An official response from IGNOU regarding the exams is awaited by students.