Mumbai University results may be delayed as teachers struggle with new system

Results may be delayed as teachers struggle to assess papers on new system; MU claims not all are on duty

The Governor may have stepped in to ensure that the Mumbai University (MU) abides by the deadline to declare results – end of July – but, in a shocking revelation, the MU has said that only 3,000 of 11,000 teachers have reported for evaluation duty so far. Evaluators, however, claim the faulty online assessment software is to be blamed for delay in results.

Sources said professors have been urged to spend their teaching hours finishing the evaluation process, being told to work on Sundays and on public holidays as well.

The circular
On Saturday, the MU issued a circular urging principals and heads of all affiliated colleges to send their teachers for evaluation duty. "Of the 11,807 teachers registered for online assessment, only 2,794 teachers have reported to the Common Assessment Process (CAP) cluster centres. ...request all the remaining teachers to kindly report to the nearest CAP cluster centres and start the assessment work immediately," it states.

Deepak Vasave, director of examinations and evaluations, said, "All CAP centres will remain open on Sundays and holidays for assessments."

Teachers irked
The move, however, has not gone down well with teachers. Office-bearers of the Bombay University and College Teachers Union said, "The varsity doesn't have adequate number of approved and registered evaluators. The situation now is such that all teachers registered with the varsity, no matter their evaluation experience, have been asked to help. Also, evaluation is part of a teachers' duty. If they are not reporting for it, the varsity has the right to take action against them. But, in the current circular, MU seems to be requesting teachers to work. The varsity knows that all teachers have been reporting to duty, but due to technical glitches, they are forced to redo the work."

A teacher said, "Earlier, we used to evaluate around 30 papers a day. But the new online assessment process is riddled with technical glitches, due to which we are only able to check 10 a day. Instead of pointing fingers at us, the varsity should resolve the software glitches."

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