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‘Universities’ discretion,’ says HEC in response to requires on-line exams

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  • HEC says it has taken discover of scholars’ issues concerning in-person examination
  • HEC says that it had allowed universities to make use of their discretion to conduct exams 
  • HEC says that since March 2020, it had been monitoring the pandemic state of affairs

The Increased Training Fee (HEC) on Wednesday mentioned that it’s as much as the colleges to determine whether or not they needed to conduct in-person or on-line exams, days after protests caught tempo in opposition to on-campus examinations.

In a protracted Twitter thread, the HEC mentioned that it has taken discover of scholars’ issues concerning in-person examination.

“The apprehensions of students were reviewed carefully in consultation with the vice-chancellors of all the provinces and regions, keeping in view the difficulties brought about by the pandemic and opening of universities from February 01, 2021,” HEC mentioned.

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Reminding folks that it had issued tips earlier, HEC mentioned that it has allowed universities to make use of their discretion to conduct exams — both on-campus or on-line so long as the chosen mode supplies “a fair assessment of students’ performance.”

Talking about how universities might conduct on-line exams, HEC mentioned that they could possibly be taken if the varsities administered ‘open Book Exams’ or established an invigilation system in a supervised atmosphere.

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“In this mode, universities will also have to use Turnitin (a plagiarism software) to check the similarity index with web and the answers of other students,” the physique mentioned, including that the academic establishments ought to take viva or oral exams the place mandatory.

Furthermore, the HEC warned the colleges that on-campus exams might solely be performed underneath strict compliance with all the COVID-19 protocols. Universities may additionally need to organise make-up courses for 2 weeks.

“Assessment of all courses requiring psychomotor skills, such as medicine and engineering, and subjects involving lab/studio work, must be held on-campus,” it mentioned.

All college students in a single course will probably be examined in the identical mode—both on-line or on-campus, it mentioned.

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HEC mentioned that since March 2020 it had been monitoring the pandemic state of affairs and coordinated with universities to minimise tutorial disruption and proceed on-line schooling with high quality safeguards.

“The HEC Guidance on Online Readiness (#5) and Assessments and Examinations (#6) are available on the HEC website and provide the requirements and minimum standards to be observed by universities,” it added.

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