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In light of the coronavirus many university students are still being asked to take online exams and are still expected to write essays without any extentions. Are you one of these students or do you know anyone that is? It's time to make educational institutions aware that many students are feeling pressured and top of that some of us are becoming ill but are unable to provide sufficient evidence of our conditions due to closure of GPs across the nation.

Many of us believe its unfair that most of the educational institutions have chosen to cancel examinations and allow their to students to progress to next academic year such as A-levels and GCSEs. However this is not this case for universities. Although, due to the corona virus, all exams and tests have been allocated online, this is still an inconvenience to many students as there many factors that can affect our performance during these exams.
The whole point of exams is to do it under certain conditions that allows students to have equal opportunities to perform to the best of our abilities. Unfortunately, given the circumstances of COVID-19, not all students have the privilege to recreate these conditions at home and therefore it can have an impact on their performance and their grades.

As many international students have been sent home, we as students have limited access to resources such as textbooks, Internet, equipment such as laptops etc. This causes further disadvantages for students to take exams.

Some institutions such as Nottingham University and Leeds University have decided to let their first year students automatically pass to second year. However we want students from all years to be given the same opportunity. Those who are in their final year, should be given the option to sit exams this September instead of sitting it this summer during quarantine as this can impact their performance and mental health, and at a time like this, our nation could do with less pressure and health issues.

It is time for us to take matters into our own hands and show them that we are also affected by the corona virus whether it is an illness or unable to study due to our environmental conditions. Although education is important, our health comes first!

We demand that all UK universities give us a pass to progress to the next academic year and cancel summer exams. Sign our petition to put an end to immense pressure from universities during quarantine.

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