Online education, online classes, online assessment and so on have been key terms now often used regarding any piece written about education in the covid-stricken times. While the whole world is advancing on the path of online education and devising various ways to properly assess and utilise online education to its fullest, Bangladesh has been lagging behind in the field of online education.
Despite students’ reluctance to participate in online classes, or the lack of online classes of public universities, the scene always depicts habitual shyness for digital education, which is considered new and it needs time for ubiquitous use of the system. However, what the authorities of Dhaka University have decided is truly encouraging and can be welcomed to the fullest.
They have also decided to
curtail entry test marks and hold
division-wise tests for the 2020-21 academic
session at the undergraduate level
A report published in this daily says Dhaka University authorities have decided not to hold online admission test. They have also decided to curtail entry test marks and hold division-wise tests for the 2020-21 academic session at the undergraduate level. The report also says that the university administration is thinking of conducting examinations in the divisions, alleviating suffering of guardians and candidates.
This is really commendable as the thought of candidates travelling to the capital to participate in the entrance exams at this time and day is quite nerve-racking.
Still, there are some conscious groups who argue that divisional centres for holding entrance exams will also have gatherings of candidates and guardians which are inevitable. As such, it would have been prudent if entrance assessment was done online.
There are two sides of the coin and both are correct, but had the Dhaka University authorities been able to properly hold entrance assessment online it would have served as a model for all other institutes to follow. This was expected by all who are concerned about public education in the country.