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Seeking favours from evaluators goes unchecked

Students use innovative ways to influence teachers, scribble contact numbers
Seeking favours from evaluators goes unchecked

Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 14

As the evaluation of semester examinations, recently conducted by Panjab University (PU), is in progress, the evaluators have complained of candidates making undue appeals to them and seeking their favour in helping them to get through the exams by foul means. Many a times, the candidates go to the extent of mentioning their contact numbers as well.

“Since no action is generally taken against such students and examiners, terming it to be an immature act on the part of the candidates, and ignorance of such mistakes on part of the teacher, more and more students are being driven towards expecting such undue favours,” shared a teacher on evaluation duty.

It has been clearly specified in the ‘Instructions for the candidates’ column of the answer booklet provided to the candidates that ‘Your making appeals to the examiners in your answer book will entail the penality of cancellation of the paper’. But the teachers generally go through such papers and seldom take any action.

While interacting with some of the evaluators, it was revealed that sometimes the students make all sorts of inappropriate and irrelevant appeals to the examiners. They shared one such entreaty, “Main is vaar bimaar ho gayi. Is layi parh nahi saki. Mera paper changa nahi hoyia. Kirap karke menu is vaar pass kar dio kiyonki mein hor parhna chahundi han.” (I fell sick this time. So I couldn’t study properly. I didn’t fare well in the exam. Kindly help me get through, since I wish to study further).

The evaluators narrated another incident, “Mere mata pita nahi hunn. Menu kam karke padhna penda. Is layi time ghat milda hai. Tusi meri halat nu samjho ate mere te taras khao. Rub tuhanu bahut khushian deve.”(My parents are no more. I have to do work along with studies. I get very less time. Please understand my situation and have pity on me. May God give you every happiness).

Another incident shared by an examiner during evaluation duty, at a local centre these days, went thus, “Naa main paper ton pehlan bimaar hoi ate naa hi mera koi hor rishtedar bimaar hoiya. Asal witch gal eh hai ki minu angrezi aundi hi nahi. Is karke main bar bar fail ho jandi han. Je tusin meno pass kar devon tan rub tuhano har khushi devega, tuhadi umar lambi hove.” (Neither I, nor any of my relatives, got sick before the exams. Actually, the issue is that the subject of English is all Greek to me, that’s why I have to face failure time and again. If you help me getting through this time, God will grant you every happiness. He would give you a long life).

“The issue should not be just laughed away. It demands attention of each and every section related to. The pleas may be missed but when a student mentions his or her contact number, it should be treated as a serious offence,” opined an evaluator.

Navdeep Kaur Pannu, head of Department of English at Khalsa College, Sidhwan Khurd, expressed, “We, as examiners, should ignore all this. It is since times past that such appeals are made. There is no need to give this any air. Since all evaluators come across such sheets during evaluation, they should make their students clear in the classes itself that such appeals are not entertained at any cost, rather they shall be inviting trouble for themselves in the process.”

Senator Inderpal Singh Sidhu, PU, when contacted, said: “By rule, such entreaties and undue favours should be treated as ‘unfair means case’ and action should be taken so that the candidates appearing in future may not resort to such measures, rather understand the sanctity of taking the test and qualifying it by hardwork and perseverance, and not by undue appeals and favours.”

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