Evaluation by untrained lecturers may lead to faulty exam results

Evaluation by untrained lecturers may lead to faulty exam results

The government’s alternative plan to begin evaluation of II PU examination papers with the help of “inexperienced” lecturers might have a huge bearing on the results, said senior lecturers and lecturers selected for evaluation work for the first time.

On Thursday, the government had issued fresh orders to a number of lecturers who had earlier not got the orders to report for evaluation duties.

Many of these lecturers, however, have less than three years of teaching experience and no valuation experience, according to one senior lecturer who is serving as a chief examiner at one centre. 

“It looks like the government is only trying to test the patience of the lecturers and does not really have a plan. Many of the lecturers who have been selected for evaluation work are raw with barely any experience in evaluation.

“Some of these evaluators visited my centre today and I can only imagine how any of them would be able to do the evaluation without any guidance,” said the lecturer.

“Last year, there was a lot of trouble due to faulty evaluation. This year, if the government goes ahead with such plans, it will be in a lot more trouble,” said the lecturer.

 Another senior lecturer who is also serving as a chef examiner said there is “apprehension” and confusion about evaluation without experienced hands.

“The PU department has said that decoding and coding would be done by DSERT staff, however this is a highly complex process and I wonder how one day of training would help. Also, unaided lecturers are not answerable to the government but only to their management,” said the lecturer    
 A lecturer recruited in 2013 who has just been issued orders to attend evaluation duties said, “This is the first time I have been called for evaluation. It is my third year running as a lecturer. The evaluation is done under the guidance of deputy examiners. However, most of the experienced hands are out protesting. This leaves youngsters like us to fend for ourselves. Hopefully there will not be any erratic evaluation,” he said.
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