The Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students is to meet today with the Dean of the Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica, Dr. Garth Anderson, to address the issue of students having to sit face-to-face examinations this semester.
Students from Teachers’ Colleges across the island have been raising concern that their institutions plan to proceed with exams in the physical classrooms, despite the threats associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
President of the Union of Tertiary Students, Everton Rattray notes that the colleges have sought to push forward with face-to-face exams, despite the objections of students.
He notes that over 10,000 students have signed a petition calling for online assessments to be considered.
One of the students’ main concerns is the issue of transportation.
He notes that some institutions have offered to accommodate students on campus for the duration of the exams, but this will come at a cost that’s not affordable for all students.
The Union will be advocating for a combination of online and alternative assessments at the meeting with the Dean of the Teachers’ Colleges.