Hello Everyone! Let me introduce myself first, I am a student who is preparing for an exam which is Totally Uncertain. Yes, I am a Frustrated CA Student!
As of now, I hope every one of you must be aware of the fact that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has yet again postponed the CA Exams which were about to have happened from November 1st, 2020 onward. Now, it would be started off from 21st November 2020.
Interestingly, during the May 2020 exams also, the same pattern was followed, and later on, exams were canceled altogether. But I strongly wish that this pattern should not be followed this time (fingers crossed!).
But the bigger question here is, WHY THIS POSTPONEMENT?? Was it necessary? Why only CA Exams cannot be conducted but all other exams can happen? Why ICAI always looks a crying baby when it comes to managing situations? Was COVID actually a reason or it was a certain section of students & faculties who were consistently pressurizing the institute to take this action? I have many questions to ask and to debate on but I would be trying to be more to-the-point here and here are my points:
1. Students Fear are REAL:
Actually, this is the first point which I would like to put here. I am not against those innocent students who were demanding Postponement due to fear of getting coronavirus during the 18 days long exams.
Their fear is actually REAL and there might be such cases of students getting corona during exam days and consequently, there are huge chances that their family members would also be infected. So, I totally support their points too.
But, please ask yourself, Are you actually demanding postponement exactly because of this? Or because you are unprepared and that’s why you are trying to suppress others from giving exams??
I would not comment anything on this because I know there are real threats and fear among people for corona and I don’t want to demean (in no manner) them.
But if you doing full time enjoy in your routine life but when it comes to exams you are just demanding postponement because you are unprepared then I would say, You are a COWARD!
2. What about those students who are actually preparing for a very long time?
Everyone is talking about Corona and its impact but why no one is talking about the mental state of those students who are preparing very hard for the past many months or even years just to achieve their dreams. Believe me, With every postponement, their dreams shattered!
I know some of you can say here, acchha hai naa to aur pad lo during this postponement time, tmhe kya dikkat hai?. I would just say one thing, Anything which is purposeless is useless and the same thing applies to our preparations and exams as well. After all, Why the hell we are preparing for!
Apart from that, there are many people (including me) for whom this exam is not just an exam but it is something on which our future our life depends upon. Our families are trying very hard to support us and we are trying very hard to prove us.
3. ICAI and its Poor Management:
I believe you must have heard the ICAI and its managerial persons talking the same thing, THEY HAVE MOST ROBUST SYSTEM! Really??? Is this what a so-called ROBUST SYSTEM look like?
Last year they faced huge criticism due to malpractices in the exam copies evaluation. Later on, they did what? They formed a so-called High-Level Committee. And what does this High-Level Committee did, literally NOTHING!
Now, again the same kind of attitude the ICAI is following during this COVID Pandemic and exam time, by doing NOTHING! And here are my points why I am saying so:
– What did the ICAI do from the last cancellation till today if they are just not able to issue a detailed SOP, taking responsibility for students during exam days?
– Why they are so stubborn and not willing to communicate with the students? (Oh, come on! don’t talk about those FAKE WEBINARS)
– Why they keep on holding the postponement until the last 15 days? If they would have issues it earlier at least we could take some relaxation as well. Why we are forced to sacrifice our days (recently I did not attend my best friend’s marriage due to exams)?
– Why are you not able to confirm the exam centers and issue the admit cards on time?
– Don’t you guys feel ashamed when you give (SO-CALLED) motivational lectures through WEBINARS to the students to face the Physical Exams while you yourself are hiding in your homes??
There are many other points to mention but the issue is just this when it comes to students why they behave so dull and Fake? Why they just don’t care about students? Even they don’t pick our calls, don’t reply to emails. But they do love students on papers and on webinars (that too from the comfort of home and lays chips in hand!) but in reality, they don’t give a damn.
4. What do I want?
In one line, I just simply want Exams WITH ALL SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS. That’s it!
I am not undermining the threat of corona neither am I undermining the fear of students getting infected. And that’s why I do support and respect their opinions too.
But the main problem is why the Institute is not able to conduct the exams with precautions? Or if possible they should also be looking for an alternative to physical exams (as CMA Institute is doing). But instead, they do FAKE WEBINARS and make hollow promises. This needs to be addressed and this needs to be corrected!
I don’t know whether I was able to properly communicate my words or not but I do believe that I must have communicated my emotions and feelings.
If you agree and able to relate with what I feel, PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH YOUR CA FRATERNITY FRIENDS/FACULTIES. Because one must need to listen to both sides of the story before being judgy!
Many students are feeling scared, many are feeling frustrated, many are even hopeless and depressed. But, I still do believe in ICAI that it would be able to take decisions in due course. But remember DEAR ICAI this trust is shining away and it’s all up to you to save this!
Article Written By: Malvika Singh
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