Scores of students protest outside NUML campus against in-person exams

ISLAMABAD: Perturbed over the “poorly conducted online classes” over the past two months, a large number of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) students on Monday protested the administration’s decision to hold in-person semester exams, forcing the varsity’s administration to immediately issue a notification in this regard.

The protestors blocked IG Road and 9th Avenue for hours and demand that the exams should be held online just as the semester was studied digitally. “If the classes were moved online then the university should also reimburse the semester fee,” a protesting student said.

“What’s the purpose of charging so much money when none of these services were availed by us?” another student asked.

Students Demand:

• Examinations to held online and not in person.
• Decrease in the ‘unreasonable’ amount of tuition fee despite classes being held online.
• Constantly changing exam schedule is ‘unacceptable’.
• University to return half-semester fee and the money charged for transport service and hostels.

Sources covering the protest told The Pakistan Daily (TPD) that the police closed the road leading to the educational institution and deployed a large contingent to control the student protest.

Some student rights organisations such as the Progressive Students’ Federation have joined the protesters as well. They have warned that the demonstration would continue until the university accepts their demands.

It is pertinent to mention that the university administration had recently issued schedule starting for on-campus examination starting February 02 after the campuses across the country open on February 01.

The protest is now not only associated on the streets, students have taken to Twitter with #StudentsWantOlineExams and #StudentsRejectPhysicalExams trending on the micro-blogging site.

Abdullah Zahid

Abdullah Zahid is TPD's correspondent in Karachi. He reports on Pakistani political affairs.

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