28 November 2012

Namibia: Unam Released Results By Mistake

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University of Namibia Students

THERE was chaos on the University of Namibia’s campus last week after the department of examinations accidentally released the results for the second semester.

The results were supposed to be released last week but should have been moderated first.

The university in January implemented a new system of releasing results by posting them on the online portal which students can access at any time.

However, sources told The Namibian that the results posted last week were quickly removed after a few students saw their marks and others asked their lecturers whether they could sit for supplementary examinations. The rest couldn’t get answers as to whether they had passed.

Students were angry that the institution had changed the date for the release of examination results without prior notice and several of them complained that they couldn’t access their results.

Unam spokesperson Utaara Hoveka confirmed that the final results would be released on December 18. He said the names of those who qualified for supplementary exams would be listed on the portal. If they are not listed, they have either passed or failed and do not qualify for a supplementary.

Miina Elifas, a third-year psychology student, said Unam as a whole is an inconvenient, dysfunctional institution. “They put up their rules yet they don’t work according to those rules. If the results aren’t being released on time, they must at least inform people that they will be out at a later stage so students can be aware of that,” she said.

According to Elifas her supplementary exam is scheduled for November 29 but her results are still not showing.

Another student who refused to be identified said: “I checked my results on the portal last week Thursday and they were showing. I checked again on Friday and I could not access any information on the academic record. I have no idea why they were removed and perhaps I have gotten false information,” he said.

The Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Namibian National Students Organisation’s (Nanso) Unam branch yesterday demanded the resignation of Unam’s assistant registrar for examinations, John Ockhuizen, for what they called “inept administration”.

According to the student organisations, there is an agreement that all the marks must be released before the supplementary exams.

The students said their investigations revealed that there are piles of unprocessed special examination applications in some faculties. Thus, students who missed the initial exam due to medial or some other legitimate reasons remain in the dark as to whether they will be allowed to sit for supplementary exams.

SRC president Edison Nengola called for proper communication between students and the university management.

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