Students in Nagaland say no to exam during pandemic
Dimapur, July 26 (EMN): The fate of final year students have been left hanging in the balance with little certainty of what’s to come, leading to confusion and unrest among this particular group of students in the state.
On July 18, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued a notice asking universities/colleges to conduct the terminal/final semester exam by the end of September.
However, students from almost all states expressed dismay over the decision of the UGC. The same was the case in Nagaland as students on Sunday took to social media asking the Nagaland government to cancel the final year exams declaring “#StudentsLivesMatter”.
Inato Sumi, a final year student, said that exams were not important at this stage of a pandemic as ‘surviving is more important than getting a degree’.
Likewise, another student asked the government as to how students from remote areas and villages would give their exams when city buses were suspended in containment zones.
“Battling and conquering the pandemic crisis is more important than any degree received by sitting in exam halls,” one of the online posters read.
Similarly, another student wrote, ‘students are facing stress not only due to the pandemic but also of the on/off decision of the UGC and Nagaland University (NU), which are affecting and will affect the students psychologically further more’.
Taking the protest to Twitter, the National Students’ Union India, Nagaland unit appealed to the Nagaland government to cancel the final year exams and promote the students.
The union said that no exams should be held in this time of the pandemic.
“The genuine request to the government is to cancel the examination in this time of pandemic and think about the lives of the students,” read the tweet.