Jagannath University (JnU) authorities have decided to drop multiple choice questions (MCQ) from its admission tests and all other exams.
The decision was approved in a syndicate meeting on Thursday, said a press statement of the university yesterday.
“The decision came into effect soon after the syndicate approved it yesterday [on Thursday],” Vice-Chancellor Prof Mizanur Rahman told The Daily Star.
From now on, the admission seekers will have to write descriptive answers in the admission tests like they do in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams, he said.
“The questions of the admission tests will be based on the HSC syllabus. The way the students take the HSC exams, they will have to follow the same method in the admission tests.”
Asked about the reason behind making such a decision, Prof Mizanur said proper evaluation of students was not possible with the MCQ system. Besides, there is scope for forgery if there are MCQs.
“We have taken a number of initiatives, yet we could not avoid admission related forgery due to the MCQ system. We have found out some admission seekers communicating with outsiders with the help of special devices.
“If we introduce descriptive format system, we would be able to evaluate the merit of students properly,” he observed.
Like the admission tests, there will be no MCQs in all other exams, including midterm, class tests and quiz tests, he added.
The JnU is the first public university to make such a decision after the government's ban on MCQs from Primary Education Completion Examination amid severe criticism over a spate of question leaks.
At present, almost all the higher educational institutions in the country hold MCQ-based exams for admission seekers.
At the JnU, admission seekers were to answer 75 MCQs in an hour. Besides, teachers were allowed to hold midterm and class tests with MCQs. The syndicate also decided that the teachers at the honours level cannot use multimedia in the classrooms, except for special considerations where the usage of multimedia is required, said the university's press statement.
The teachers in no way can use notes, guidebooks and lecture sheets in any course and they will fix a standard text which is affordable and available in the market. Several reference books can be used, if needed, it said.