Friday, 17 April 2009

Public Universities

I just came across this news.


"A UNIVERSITI Sains Islam Malaysia lecturer who passed only four out of 157 of her law students claims she was forced to resign so that the university could protect its reputation, Kosmo! reported.
Nor (not her real name) said the reason she left was because she could not stand the pressure from the university management on her to give “sympathy marks.”
“How am I to give extra marks if the marks they got is what they should be getting?” she said, adding that her downfall started when she received a show-cause letter on why so many students had failed.
She was then criticised by her superiors, who also wanted her to add marks based on attendance so as to reduce the number of failures.
“I stood my ground. How could I give them marks for that when it is their responsibility to show up for classes?” she added.
The university declined to comment. "



It's already schocking to see only 4 out of 157 students pass the exam. That means only 2.55% students who passed. What? Are these people stupid? Is the lecturer stupid? Is the exam too hard? We don't know. But what we know is USIM tried to cover up this matter for the sake of 'reputation'. So the poor ethical and honest lecturer was forced to resign for not giving 'sympathy marks'.

The last time I begged for sympathy marks was when I was in Standard 1. I got B for my English test so I begged her to give me some more marks to get an A. If not, my father would scold me. Well, she was really generous. So I escaped from my father. :]

The thing I'm trying to tell is you don't do that anymore in university! Hello~if you can't score than blame yourself la. But of course, the students didn't ask for the marks (maybe they secretly do), it's the administration people. They might look like some egoistic people who are willing to do whatever it it takes to uphold the 'name' but on the other hand if everyone finds about the low passing rate, then people will lose their faith in public unversities (which we already do) and less scholars will enter public U which is bad for boosting our public U's ranks.

There must be a better solution right? Covering up is definitely not one. Maybe a re-take for those who failed?

Hmm..does this happen in other universities as well? UM? UKM? USM?

So who's fault is it?

Students?

Lecturers?

The Ministry of Higher Education?