Should candidates be given their marked up papers back after examinations - the case against
Professor A P Weetman explains the reasons why papers may not be returned
- By: A P Weetman
I have a lot of sympathy for the views expressed in Varma's article. There are, however, a number of points that, I hope, can be addressed to provide reassurance to student readers. Before doing so it is important to address the question of why papers are not returned. This is usually a matter of university policy in general.
There are three main reasons for not returning scripts. The first is mentioned in the article, namely that questions are often reused, particularly if they have been proved to be good discriminators. The second reason is the sheer administrative burden entailed for any university in distributing scripts back out to candidates, most of whom will have passed and will have no desire to see their scripts. The third, but most important, reason is that the scripts are part of the university's quality assurance mechanism, and both external and internal assessors can use