Hundreds of thousands of students of the National University (NU) are suffering due to the aggravated session jam amid the pandemic.
On the other hand, they are also not being able to find jobs as they have not completed their graduation. Most of them are crossing the age limit of applying for government jobs. As a result, frustration and anxiety are increasing among the students. Many frustrated students have dropped out of education.
The students have already started a movement demanding to take their exams as soon as possible.
The honors first year-final examination was held in November last year when the educational institutions reopened after remaining suspended for almost two years. After that, the examinations for the fourth year-final of honors and the first year-final of degree started. However, the university administration postponed all the examinations again as the government announced the closure of educational institutions from January 21.
Last Tuesday (January 25), the university authorities published a new schedule for all the exams that were postponed. However, due to the postponement of one batch’s examination, it is not being possible to take the examination of another batch. As a result, the session jam is getting longer.
Educational institutions were declared closed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The students under National University have been studying in the same class for two years. While other private and public universities have completed the final exams online, the National University authorities have lagged far behind.
Although online classes were taken, no initiative was taken for the examination. University authorities gave conditional promotion to honors first and second year students without any class or examination. It was then informed that the test would be taken when the Covid-19 situation comes under control. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, it did not become possible to take the exams.
Nusaiba Jannat, a student of the Bangla department of Eden Mohila College, said that only the first year examination was held after the reopening of the educational institutions.
“Students of other academic years were preparing. Due to the postponement of the fourth year final examination, the students of other academic years are now worried about their exam. I was supposed to complete my graduation in 2020 but the final examination has not been held yet. I do not know when I will be able to complete my graduation,” she added.