Are online system of examination ready to replace offline ones?We all are well aware of this fact that recently ICAI conducted it's offline centre based exams for CA inter and final students. Students even filed PIL in Supreme court, but ICAI was firm at its decision. ICAI in return ensured utmost level of safety, starting from social distancing to sanitization of premises. Many students Opted out from this exams, due to many reasons, some had family health issues, some had their own mental pressure, whereas some just lacked proper centre facilities at their hometown.
Now, many centres accross the country had a different picture,contrary to what the ICAI promised to deliver. Many centres had rain water logging, a result of which students were forced to attend exams half drown in water. Some centres had no social distancing being followed.
Now my question here is, can this whole online pattern ever replace offline one?
No doubt there are pros and cons of both these patterns,to name some, online exams saves a lot of travelling time, papers. But at the same time, network is full of glitches, many remote areas do not have access to stable internet connections as well as many students do not own a laptop or PC, as a result this online pattern becomes unfair on their part.
Many authorities, including The Cost and Management Institute of India's president, in an interview said that he loved this online pattern and would definitely love if it replaces offline ones. But to the contrary, in the recent examination of Cost and management institute, many students got debarred with the notice of malpractice, many students passed this exam doing malpractice from home based exam pattern and are boosting that they were able to fool the authorities.
What are your views? Do you believe this Covid situation was an eye opener for the offline pattern or has it given a boon of this online pattern of exam??