MUMBAI: In the time of e-learning in the pandemic, it is time for exams in many city schools. Typically, schools hold the first internal assessment or unit test around the months of August or September.
At Utpal Shanghvi Global School, Juhu, live online exams for grade X and upwards began from August 12. “The question paper will be released live in the Google classroom at a particular time. Students have to keep their video and audio on while answering the examination. The student’s study table must also be visible to the invigilator on the Google meet grid. And students have to turn in their answer sheets within five minutes after the exam,” said principal Rakhi Mukherjee.
The school has provided an emergency number for any assistance that a student may need in case of some technical difficulty. Formative assessments that go on all through the academic year are being conducted using e-quizzes.
For the younger students, schools have come up with alternatives that can be done independently. “We used a mode which kids could use on their own. Using Google forms, we asked grade II students to identify pictures or choose the right answer. For vernacular subjects, we told parents to step in. Students have to write answers on paper and scanned pages have to be uploaded,” said Neema Shetty, teacher at R N Podar High School, Santacruz.
Trust is most vital, say teachers. “Some parents prompt answers to their children even during online class and it could also be happening with home assessments. So, we’re speaking to parents about it,” said Shetty.
At HVB Global Academy, Marine Drive, parents were sent a list of do’s and don’ts. “Parents are our partners in the process [exams]. While three teachers invigilate on Google Meet, parents must ensure that students don’t use unfair means. If a student can’t take an exam due to a technical glich, another question paper is given,” said principal Chandrakanta Pathak.
Some schools, however, are yet to reach 100% of their students for virtual classes, hence exams are not on the cards yet. “Many of our students don’t have internet access and aren’t attending online class.So, conducting an exam won’t be fair,” said Prashant Redij, principal, Hilda Convent High School, Kandivli. The school had an online oral test for grade IX students who had not cleared the year, but said many were cheating.
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