The higher education commission of Pakistan has directed the universities to decide the mode of exams based on their capacity and need for a fair assessment. It has been said that it is up to the universities whether they will conduct the physical exams or online exams. Earlier many students across Pakistan had protested against the physical exams and demanded from the authorities to hold the online exams in the ongoing situation of the coronavirus. Moreover, the students had also taken the social media platforms to express their anger. The HEC has taken the notice of the concerns of the students regarding the commencement of exams. The demands of the students were reviewed by keeping in view the issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic as the universities have been closed for two months.
Instructions By HEC
Higher Education Commission added that the universities are permitted to take the decisions about the exams and suggested that open-book exams can be conducted in the supervised environment. In this mode of the exams, the universities will use the Turnitin software to assess the performance of the students and to check the plagiarism. Furthermore, the authorities notified to take the viva as well as the oral exams if required. HEC has warned the universities that the on-campus exams can only be conducted with the proper implementation of COVID-19 SOPs. The students enrolled in the single course will be assessed by using the same mode of exams. The varsities are allowed to arrange the makeup classes for the students for two weeks.
Demand For Online Exams
To minimize the loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic the universities have been providing online lectures to the students. HEC has been playing a significant role by coordinating with the universities to continue with online education. In this regard, guidance regarding the assessments and examinations has been provided to the institutes.