The Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students, JUTS, was left disappointed yesterday when the Teacher’s Colleges of Jamaica failed to grant their request to hold end of term exams online. The JUTS took issue with the teacher’s colleges insistence of doing the exams in person after more than 10-thousand tertiary students signed a petition requesting the exams be placed online.
Among the many issues the tertiary student’s union raised was the safety of their members to sit an exam in person. This especially after the semester was administered online. Many of the students also raised issue with the travel they’ll have to undertake to sit the exams in person.
In a statement yesterday, the JUTS, says following a meeting with the Dean, Dr. Garth Anderson and the Deputy Dean, Howard Isaacs, their proposal for online classes was rejected. The tertiary student’s body says the teacher’s colleges insisted the decisions taken were in the best interest of the students. But, the student union says it’s disappointed with the mistrust and disdain which their advocacy efforts were met with.
The JUTS maintains that students should be given an online option for examinations, and the union believes students should be consulted in these decisions. The JUTS says the teacher’s colleges have committed to accommodating students who face challenges with free housing and leniency with financial arrears. Students with challenges are being urged to contact their institutions.
The tertiary student union says it’s also prepared to hold any institution that breach Disaster Risk Management Act protocols accountable.