By Hakim Mahari
GOMBAK, 15 April 2021: #SolidarityforAikolStudents seems to gain attention nationwide on social media after the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL) implemented a new policy requiring all final examination answer scripts be handwritten received backlash from the students.
One of the Twitter users @huzaylmohd wrote, “The policy is unreasonable, the survey has been filled with 80% pro students to type and not handwriting, still continue with handwriting.”
The other Twitter user known as @aminmubarak_ wrote, “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the policy to involve handwriting. I think there are already many unfinished burdens that AIKOL students have gone through. Maybe we need a bit of humanity?”
The implementation of the new policy became an issue among the AIKOL community when students are required under the policy to answer all final examinations handwritten to avoid plagiarism. The previous semester the students needed to submit their final examination scripts typewritten on Microsoft Word.
Students objected to the implementation of this policy as they felt that not everyone is sufficiently equipped with the means to scan their written answer sheets for submission. Even for the students who have the means to do so, many felt that online examination has been designed in such a way requiring them to answer and address more issues as opposed to the offline examination.
Prior to the implementation of the new ruling, several surveys have been conducted to ascertain students’ views on the handwritten examination. The findings of one particular survey showed that 839 AIKOL students or 95.9% of them objected to the idea of a handwritten examination, majority of whom have expressed that they be given an option. ***
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