Suspend tests and rankings

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Science  22 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6493, pp. 797
DOI: 10.1126/science.abc8654

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    Scrapping Test and Ranking: The need of the hour

    This Letter is in response to the ‘Editorial’ article “Suspend Tests and Ranking” by Thorp HH published recently (1). The idea of suspending test and more importantly scrapping ranking system during the crisis of COVID 19 deserves a unanimous applause due to its significance in present situation across the globe. Though the author has mainly emphasized the condition of US Colleges, similar situation exist in most of the countries especially in lower middle and low income countries. The scope of the article must be broadened to reach the academic administrators and policy makers of various countries especially in terms of science education. Since the announcement of pandemic by WHO, most of the countries introduced ‘lockdown’ suspending classes in school, colleges and university level as a part of non-pharmaceutical intervention. Though classes were conducted in online mode, the percentage of students connected through internet varied greatly due to poor connectivity in the rural areas as well as affordability issues due to economic condition. Online mode of class and examination can indulge in another classification between the society i.e. e-ready affluent students and e-needy non-affluent class. Considering the importance of education as ‘right’ this might act dangerously to divide the society. Subsequently, the ranking system has diverted the attention of academic administrators from routine academic affairs and st...

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