Internal assessment a ‘headache’

Kathmandu, July 28:

Professors of the Tribhuvan University say that introduction of the internal assessment system in the Masters level has prevented them from making independent evaluation of students’ performance.

For three years, faculties of the TU and its affiliate campuses have been conducting internal exams worth 20 points for every subject.

This means that the annual exams have a weightage of 80 per cent.

Bhesh Raj Parajuli has given his MA (Nepali) exams and is confident that he will pass with flying colours. “I did all assignments carefully and have a good score,” he said.

The same system has given a headache to professors. Professor Dr Bhim Prasad Subedi, head of TU’s Geography Department, says the assessment system has given rise to many practical problems. According to him, students pressure them to give certain score in internal exams regardless of their performance. This sort of assessment is beneficial only for the semester system, he says.

Bhumishwor Sharma, a student of TU’s Central Department of Rural Development, says, “Even the attendance of students has not been maintained. There is no uniformity among departments when it comes to giving marks. Favouritism is rife.”

With a hint of caution to employers, Professor Rajendra Subedi, head of TU’s Nepali Department, says, “In the absence of a proper screening of Masters degree holders, the evaluation based on their score can be misleading.”

Dr Pradip Khadka, head of the Rural Development Central Department, TU, Kirtipur, terms the TU’s decision to introduce the assessment system hasty. “Some students vandalised their departments because they could not secure marks as expected. The TU decided to introduce this system after these incidents,” says Khadka.

Nonetheless, they agree that the system also helps develop research skills and prepare for final exams.