Hundreds of India's aspiring chartered accountants are furious and protesting on the streets
- Students of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) aspiring to qualify for CA examination are protesting against May exam results.
- The students took to Twitter to reveal the errors in the evaluation of examination papers, along with the hashtag #dearICAIpleasechange.
- The students alleged that answer sheets have been evaluated incorrectly, deducting marks for correct answers.
- Given that, the institute said that the November 2019 and May 2020 exam papers will undergo digital evaluation.
They are protesting both online and offline.
The students took to Twitter to reveal errors in the evaluation under the hashtag #dearICAIpleasechange.
According to PTI, students alleged that answer sheets have been evaluated incorrectly, deducting marks for the correct answers as well. The students evaluated their own answers, based on the answer key released released by the institute.
"They found that many of their correct answers had been marked as wrong and this way, many students flunked the papers. In some cases, even 12 marks have been deducted," CA Neeraj Arora, ICAI member told PTI.
The exam was conducted in May. Students accessed their answer copies via RTI (Right To Information) enquiries. Until 2018, the CA Act did not allow students to show the answer copies to any other person, which was scrapped after massive protests during that year.
The students even want the institute to penalise examiners for the errors.
In response to the student outrage, the institute had put out a notification clarifying that "It has been brought to our notice that certain adverse reports relating to the system of evaluation of answer books of CA exams are doing the rounds on social media."
Given that, the institute has introduced changes in the evaluation process for the examinations scheduled for November 2019 and May 2020. The examination papers will now undergo digital evaluation to maintain transparency. It will also eliminate manual errors like totalling, variation in marks according to the examiner.
In fact, the institute will also roll out OMR-based evaluation for MCQs of Elective Papers. This will keep the examination objective type, eliminating variations in the subjective answers.
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