New evaluation method 'fails' nursing students' hopes

The recently announced first year MSc nursing exam results have come as a huge blow to the students in the district.

The overall pass percentage in the district is a mere 16 per cent, which has left the students confused. According to the students, the digital evaluation system, introduced by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences to evaluate answer scripts, is the reason behind the drop in pass percentage in the exams held in October 2015. The results were announced on December 31.

They said, according to the new evaluation system, only 16.5 per cent students have passed the first year MSc nursing exams. Many rank students have failed and those who were able to pass the exams have just scraped through with low marks.

Educational loans

Most of the students pursuing MSc have taken education loans from banks and also have availed scholarships. With poor results, they fear it would become difficult to pursue the course as the installments of the loan would not be released if they do not clear the exams.

The students said, they have done well and were confident of passing the exams with good marks. Surprisingly, a few students who had skipped the 20 and 30 marks questions have passed.

Revaluation

The students have already lodged a complaint with the varsity vice -chancellor through the Karnataka Nursing Forum. They have demanded revaluation of the answer scripts, photocopies of the answer scripts without any charges, and stern action against the erring evaluators.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, some students, who met the vice chancellor recently, said as the registrar was on leave the met the VC. He has assured them he will do the needful. They are planning to meet the him again, on Friday. If he fails to respond, it would become inevitable to stage a protest, they added.

The students explained that out of 99 students, who had appeared for the Community Health Nursing exams, only 11 have passed. Similarly, 175 students appeared for Psychiatry Nursing exams, but only 25 have passed.

The unsuccessful students can reappear for the exams scheduled to be held in April. We have to submit project works by March. If the authorities delay the issue, the students will be seriously affected, they complained.

According to the norms, there is provision for recounting, but not for revaluation. The officials say it is not possible to provide the copies of the answer papers. Hundreds of students are into trouble, they explained.

When contacted, principals of the nursing colleges, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that it was true that the students have been affected due to the evaluation. They were confident that the students had written well and the problem might be due to evaluation by new lecturers. The students are planning to launch a protest and will have to wait and see the developments, they said.

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