Thursday April 16, 2009
Out goes the lecturer
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.
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Agency director-general Dr Mustafa Din Subari said a beam of light would be seen in a video recording, which in this case did not.
> Utusan Malaysia quoted a Health Ministry report as saying that 15% of children were obese.
Darul Ehsan Medical Centre paediatric consultant Dr Fadzillah Ghazalli said parents must ensure they and their children lead a healthy lifestyle. and send the children for treatment if necessary.
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