Poor results leave students perplexed

Shift from grading pattern to marks system could be a reason, say officials.

Shift from grading pattern to marks system could be a reason, say officials.  


The poor performance of students in the results of the first semester undergraduate examinations of the Mahatma Gandhi university held in December last year as per the recommendations of Prof. B. Hridyakumari committee on choice-based credit and semester scheme, has left many teachers and students worried.

Many bright students, who had expected high marks, were in for a shock when they realised that they had either failed or could manage only pass marks.

Officials clueless

Efforts by students to seek an answer from the university authorities have failed, as the officials in the sections concerned remained clueless. The Hindu has learnt that requests for revaluation of answer scripts have shot up considerably following the poor performance.

Senior officials confirmed that the decision to shift from the grading pattern to the marks system on the basis of the expert committee recommendations was one of the main reasons for the fall in pass percentage. In the previous system, students were assessed based on a five-point scale direct grading system. Chances of students getting failed in the exam were low in the earlier format. With marks being given to each answer in the present system, the failure rate would go up naturally, they said.

But this explanation does not satisfy high performing students, who had expected good marks in the examination. Teachers also subscribe to their view saying that some technical glitches would have resulted in erroneous tabulation of the marks of talented students. Students had no other option but to apply for revaluation.

The Hindu had earlier reported about the confusion that prevailed in the computer and tabulation wings following the shift from the grading pattern to the mark system.

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