Mumbai: Many teachers of engineering colleges affiliated to Mumbai University, who have begun the online evaluations of answer sheets from Monday, have asserted that the process may have an adverse effect on their health. They claim it might lead to vision and back- related problems.
Since the evaluation of engineering paper has begun after a good whole month's delay, teachers fear that they might have to take all the load at once and rush with the process. However, the teachers' claims are not accepted by all the principals. The principals say that some teachers are unwilling to use technology.
The teachers had expressed their dislike about assessments online, at a Bombay University and College Teachers' Union (BUCTU) gathering on Saturday. A teacher affiliated to BUCTU said, "The university took a month to scan the answer sheets. If the process is taking so much time, then what is the point of implementing it."
"If teachers sit in front computers for long, it can cause back problems," said a teacher. The teachers plan to defy the process and also address other problems at a BUCTU agitation, planned to take place in January, said secretary of the organization, Madhu Paranjape. However, some principals said although the problems concerned with the delay should be considered, peril to health seem "far-fetched".