Unam students appeal against traditional exams

22 September 2020 | Onderwys
ENZO AMUELE

Students at the University of Namibia (Unam) are in a bitter contest against the writing of traditional examinations.

The university recently issued a circular about the assessment procedures for the remainder of the academic year. The assessment is based on feedback from staff and students, analysis of first-semester results and quality assurance considerations.

The circular states that traditional examinations will take place for all the final-year modules, all programmes regulated by a professional body and all modules that require students to write mathematical, chemical and or statistical formulas as part of their answers.

Examinations for all other modules will take place online using the transitional model as per the Admission and Examination Committee (AEC) approved guidelines.

According to the circular, University of Namibia will announce all Continuous Assessment (CA) marks on 30 October 2020.

The regular examinations, scheduled for 5 to 7 November 2020, are to be followed by supplementary exams between 7 and 15 December.

A group of students opposed to this decision have started a petition pleading with the university to reassess its decision.

The petition initiated by Unam students and the Student Representative Council (SRC) a week ago has so far garnered 4 908 of the targeted 5 000 signatures.

One of the students who signed the petition said: “We all need to advocate that if we are continuing with online classes then we should also write online exams regardless of what module it is as long as it was taught online it should be written online.”

The Namibia National Student Organisation's (Nanso) secretary for education, Malcolm Kambanzera, said their position remains cautionary to not compromise the quality of education.

Nanso recognises and endorses the importance of the examinations, he said.

Kambanzera said students need face-to-face teaching to grasp concepts before they write the examination.

"We are supporting the writing of face-to-face examinations. However, we must ensure that the university gives some sort of support to the students before they write," he said.

Kambanzera said the organisation hoped its engagements with the university would prove fruitful in light of the expiration of the coronavirus state of emergency.

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Photo 1 : The Unam Main Campus.

Soortgelyk

 

Geingob onder skoot oor ‘wit’ opmerkings

12 ure gelede | Politiek

Denver Kisting – Die leier van die amptelike opposisie, mnr. McHenry Venaani, sê wat pres. Hage Geingob die afgelope naweek oor wit mense kwytgeraak het,...

Verskeie daaglikse vlugte binnekort na SA

12 ure gelede | Vervoer

Ronelle Rademeyer – FlyWestair en Airlink, die private Namibiese en Suid-Afrikaanse rederye, het tot reisigers se redding gekom en gaan die leemte aan direkte, geskeduleerde...

Skone Lira bemark Namibië

12 ure gelede | Toerisme

Die Suid-Afrikaanse sangeres Lira, wat die inperking in Namibië deurgebring en uitgebreide verkenningsreise in die land onderneem het, is deur die Federasie van Namibiese Toerismeverenigings...

Weer vir 19 Oktober

12 ure gelede | Weer

BINNELAND: Gedeeltelik bewolk en bloedig warm in die Ooste. Elders sal die sonnig wees en baie warm tot bloedig wees. KUS: Gedeeltelik bewolk en koel...

Verdagte panga-rowers in hegtenis

12 ure gelede | Misdaad

Kristien KrugerVolgens ’n Namibiese polisieverslag is sewe mans in hegtenis geneem in verband met ’n aantal gewapende rooftogte in Windhoek.Die mans het hulself glo die...

Massavrekte van robwelpies ondersoek

12 ure gelede | Omgewing

Elvira Hattingh – ’n Ondersoekspan het begin om ongewone vrektes onder Kaapse pelsrobbe te ondersoek nadat klaarblyklik duisende wyfies vanjaar hul welpies teen die Namibiese...

Vier ton vis by Swakoppoort gekonfiskeer

12 ure gelede | Misdaad

Ronelle Rademeyer en Kristien Kruger – Sowat vier ton gedroogte vis en groot hoeveelhede visnettte en vislyn, asook die vlotte wat gebruik is om dit...

Stigma rondom Covid-19 neem af

12 ure gelede | Gesondheid

Jana-Mari Smith – Die normalisering van Covid-19 die afgelope jaar het veroorsaak dat stigmatisering weens die coronavirus besig is om af te neem, maar kenners...

Duitsland steun nasionale parke

12 ure gelede | Omgewing

Francoise SteynbergNóg 'n mylpaal is vir omgewingsbewaring behaal met die Duitse regering deur KfW wat sedert 2006 sowat N$1,4 miljard (75,5 euro) in Namibiese nasionale...