Covid-effect | Kerala mulls over digital exams for college students

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Higher Education Council has submitted a policy document to the state government recommending a complete overhaul of university and college examinations through computerized automation tools in view of the Covid-19 situation.

Council vice-chairman Dr Rajan Gurukkal said the objective is to carry out evaluation and result declaration speedily and flawlessly with the help of an instant evaluation machine. 

“An expert committee has been constituted to work out the details of the new system. These changes in the system can be implemented without huge expenditure," Gurukkal stated.

The likely features of the new examination system include: 

• Question bank and answers would be prepared by teachers in advance. A computerised system will select the questions and provide them to the students.

• Instead of paper, the student will write the answers on the electronic ink pad.

• Since the answers will be available in the database, computers will carry out the evaluation soon after the examination gets over.

• After completing the tabulation work the results will be declared within days.

The machine which will start functioning at the start of the exam will go off after a particular time. This is to check malpractices and ensure transparency.

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