Unam Students Boycott Exam

STUDENTS at the University of Namibia yesterday refused to sit for a human resource management examination following complaints that they did not cover the material in the paper.

The business administration and education students, who all had to write the human resources examination as a requirement for their respective courses, were outraged over the mix up.

The exam was scheduled to start at 08h00 yesterday, but was abandoned when the students refused to sit for it.

Unam spokesperson John Haufiku said he was aware of the situation but could not comment further because he could not establish what might have caused the mix-up on the exam paper.

“I need to find out what really happened in order to give you a satisfactory response,” he told The Namibian.

Student representatives’ secretary for information and publicity Ernest Groenewald could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The boycott follows an incident early in June when Unam vice-chancellor, Lazarus Hangula, withdrew four exam papers after suspecting that they had been leaked.

One of the those withdrawn was the human resource management examination paper. Yesterday’s examination was a retake of the withdrawn paper.

Some of the affected students stood idle outside the university’s main hall waiting for a response from the dean of the faculty of Economics and Management Science, professor Udai Paliwal on the way forward.

Sources said an urgent meeting to clarify the confusion was held between the staff and the dean, while students were promised that the university was looking into the issue.

A student, majoring in education, who declined to provide her name, said she travelled all the way from Karas to write the examination but that she had to make other arrangements in terms of finding time to come back for the examination.

“The miscommunication on our examination has disrupted our schedule. I was only expected to be in Windhoek for a day but now I have to stay longer,” she said.

Another student said they were told to wait until today while another paper was being prepared.

“We were told that the information was included in our course outline but that possibly our lecturers did not cover that chapter. From what we know, the university changed the syllabus and the content presented to us during the exam today was from the old syllabus,” he said.

The Specialised Investigations Consultant Service, appointed to investigate the events surrounding the leak, is expected to conclude its findings this Thursday.

The investigation hopes to expose individuals who might have been responsible and find out whether or not the leakage happened as a result of negligence.

Source : The Namibian