Kottayam: A mass failure has occurred in Mahatma Gandhi (MG) University’s first-semester exam of the MCom (CSS) regular batch of 2019-20 with a mere 773 students among the 2,482 who sat for the exam passing in all subjects.
The result was published on April 13. Most students failed to clear subjects such as Management Optimization and Specialized Accounting. In some colleges, all the candidates failed in these papers.
After the college faculty pointed out that so many failures are rare in a post-graduate examination, the students submitted a complaint to the Governor of Kerala, who is the Chancellor of the University and the Vice-Chancellor. However, they were instructed to apply for revaluation.
This has heightened the anxiety of the students, who said that revaluation of answer-sheets could lead to more delay. Often, the results of revaluation are announced after the supplementary exam, they added. The students have now appealed to the University authorities to carry out the revaluation quickly to prevent the loss of an academic year. In fact, the results of the first-semester exam have been announced while the students are attending the fourth-semester classes.
Meanwhile, a section of students alleged that the negligent attitude of the faculty who carried out the valuation had led to the mess. The mass failure has occurred in relatively easy papers, they said. On the other hand, more students have cleared the tough subjects, they added. Moreover, students who had scored high marks in the internal assessment failed in the University exam, they pointed out.
Taking up the matter, the Kottayam district committee of the Kerala Students’ Union (KSU) has also submitted a complaint to the Governor demanding an investigation into the regular instances of mass failure in M G University and the alleged financial interests involved in revaluation. According to university rules, in case there is more than a 10 per cent difference in marks during revaluation, a probe has to be ordered against the teacher who carried out the first valuation. This rule is never followed by M G University authorities, said the KSU, which is the students’ wing of the Congress party.