BSB says it’s ‘very sorry that some college students have encountered difficulties’

A scholar on the Bar Skilled Coaching Course (BPTC) has spoken out about how she felt “humiliated” and “discriminated” after being “pressured to defer” her exams as a result of the regulator required her to partially take away her scarf for safety functions however couldn’t assure a feminine invigilator.

Shaima Dallali, who’s finishing the vocational course with grasp’s at Metropolis, College of London, yesterday tweeted: “I used to be pressured to defer my exams to December ’trigger the BSB instructed me to take away my scarf for ID however ‘can’t’ present me with a feminine proctor. The entire course of is a shambles.”

Dallali’s tweet is only one of a number of shedding mild on among the issues encountered by college students following the the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) decision to move exams online.

It was reported widely yesterday that a lot of college students had resorted to urinating in bottles and buckets over fears their on-line proctored exams, which started this week, could be terminated in the event that they went to the bathroom. Others confronted technical points, with Twitter aflood with experiences of scholars being locked out of Pearson VUE’s distant proctoring system.

The BSB issued a statement at the moment apologising for the difficulties encountered by college students, and that it’s working with Pearson VUE to analyze any points as shortly as attainable. The take a look at supplier’s stats present that 89% of exams have been delivered with none reported incident and 97% have been efficiently accomplished.

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Forward of the August exams college students have been in touch with their coaching suppliers to specify any particular necessities they could want. Dallali requested she be assigned a feminine invigilator after she was instructed she’d be required to partially take away her scarf to point out her ears for ID however the BSB couldn’t assure it could be a lady watching.

Dallali mentioned her scarf has by no means been a problem earlier than, telling Authorized Cheek:

“I’ve by no means felt so humiliated and discriminated in opposition to in my life. I labored so onerous to get to the place I’m at the moment and my scarf was by no means a problem in all my years in schooling. I wished to contribute in breaking boundaries for Muslim ladies, solely to grasp that the BSB is the barrier to equality, range and inclusion on the bar.”

She added: “I hope the BSB displays on the injury they’ve accomplished to college students and make some critical adjustments.”

The BPTC exams are set to proceed on-line, and for these with affordable changes, at bodily take a look at centres all through the month. College students have the option to take a seat or resit their exams in December.