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New grading irks NU students

Update : 21 Jul 2013, 08:03 AM

Students of the National University (NU) took the streets protesting the newly introduced grading system, and alleged that a large number of first year students could not pass due to the system.

In the recently published result, some 46% students failed in the honours first year examination among 200,000 examinees

The unsuccessful students blocked roads in different parts of the city including National Press Club, Farmgate and Mohakhali intersection yesterday, causing traffic miseries.

Shahidullah Khan, a first year student of Titumir College, demanded removal of the vice-chancellor.

National University students have been blocking roads across the country over the past week demanding cancellation of the new system.

When contacted, National University Pro VC Munaz Ahmed Noor told the Dhaka Tribune that they would discuss the matter in a day or two. Saying that the grading system was introduced last year, he claimed the teachers could not have adapted to the new system.

“Earlier, the pass marks was 33 and now it is 40. This can be one of the reasons behind the result,” he said, adding that the university had nothing to do for the bulk failure but they could check if there were errors in the system.

In Barisal, Police on Saturday dispersed a roadblock rally of the honours students of 2010-11 session from four public colleges of the city.

However, the students were allowed to form a human chain on the footpaths under police protection.

First year honors students of Brojo Mohun College, Women’s College, Barisal College and Syed Hatem Ali College, blocked the main city roads in front of the Ashwini Kumar Hall to press home their demands.

The agitated students claimed that the authorities did not inform the students regarding the new regulations earlier.

In Sylhet, students of different educational institutions formed human chains to press home the same demand.

Moreover, students of the Manikganj Government Devendra College staged a sit-in on the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj yesterday demanding re-evaluation of the recently published results. Police removed them from the highway around 1:20pm.

Students alleged that thousands failed in the examinations due to the new system. The students would suffer a one-year loss, if the authorities do not re-evaluate the result, they added. 

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