KATHMANDU, AUGUST 11
As Tribhuvan University is conducting exams in the physical presence of students, hashtags including #CancelTUExams, #cancelboardexams2021, #CancelExamsSaveStudents have taken twitter by storm.
Students that have to appear for the exams are expressing their concerns about taking the examinations physically as Covid-19 cases are steadily rising, once again, across the country.
In these grim times, the dissenting students have opted to take their concerns to social networking sites, suggesting officials' to adopt alternative methods including conduction of virtual examinations as well as internal assessment to evaluate the students' academic performances.
Although, the Ministry of Education has permitted authorities to conduct the examinations in physical presence of students with safety guidelines in place including allowing a maximum of 25 students to be put in each classroom at exam centers along with strict adherence to all prescribed health protocols, the ground-zero implementation of the directives is slouchy, putting students at greater risk of contraction.
I think after lockdown the meaning of social distancing has changed
According to government this is social distancing
Promising to put 25students at one room and is it 25people
Our lives are at stake and TU is playing around with our lives pic.twitter.com/qVmPIqIarF- Rubina Maharjan (@RubinaMaharja12) August 10, 2021
Videos exposing presence of students in numbers greater than prescribed as witnessed at exam centers have been surfacing on the internet.
This is the current situation of the exam center .
YEI HO SAFETY MEASURE ?August 10, 2021
"Although, only 25 students are allowed per exam hall-- which too is not consistent-- the students share benches and are in close proximity of one another," shared Tamang. "Students who have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 like persistent coughing, cold are present in exam halls, which is worrisome."
"Although my graduation has already been delayed by more than a year due to the pandemic and the future is yet uncertain so I do not have a choice," she added.
Similarly, some students have been lamenting about developing symptoms likely to that of the COVID-19 infection after attending the examinations.
All of my friends who gave BBS exams are getting sick one after another. Everyone's showing symptoms of Covid. And after seeing all of this ,are we supposed to blindly just walk towards death amidst this dangerous 3rd Wave.#CancelTUExams @SherBDeuba @PM_nepal_ @thapagk- a wandering mind (@denu_bae) August 9, 2021
Ministry of Health and Population has already warned of a third outbreak in the county fueled by the loosening of the lockdown, urging security personnel and general public for stringent implementation of the prescribed health and safety protocols. Moreover, according to the ministry, the potential third wave is most likely to affect children.
Earlier, #CancelNEBExams had trended on twitter wherein students who were set to appear for the Grade XII examinations scheduled from mid-August had taken on the microblogging and social networking service, to oppose the decision to physically conduct the examinations, to do which authorities' had seemed reluctant.
Owing to the outrage as well as steadily worsening COVID-19 situation, National Examination Board (NEB) officials announced the indefinite postponement of the scheduled examinations.
However, Tribhuvan University examinations, which have been in motion for sometime now, have remained uninterrupted.
Meanwhile, demand to vaccinate all students too have been surfacing on twitter. Despite the demands being made to inoculate all students, the student population is yet to be prioritized in the ongoing vaccination campaign.
vacinate all students before exam. pic.twitter.com/O5UZnmKUxC- saurav karki (@sauravk80650122) August 9, 2021
Similarly, at some exam centers, students have been protesting to cancel the physical examinations. Incidents of clashes between the riot police and the protesting students too can been seen.
He is one of the candidate to apper exam today. We tried all our best but failed and all we got was push and pull from so called police officers. They even tried to hit us. Some of us were put into the van. And after all this we say *PRAHARI HAMRO SATHI*August 10, 2021