No exams for Unam students

27 April 2020 | Education

ESTER KAMATI

WINDHOEK



The University of Namibia (Unam) has announced that there will be no examinations for the first semester of the academic year.

Francis Sifiso Nyathi, the university's registrar, issued a circular on 20 April, informing students that there will be no examinations this semester.

“Your examination mark shall be derived from a total average mark of the online continuous assessment tasks that your lecturers are currently administering,” read the letter, in which Nyathi also warned that students' ethical behaviour during this time would be put to the test.

Advised to take their online assessments seriously, students were further informed that all tasks given to them will be screened to ensure that plagiarism does not occur.

The university also stated that it would grant further opportunities for special or promotional examinations “on reasonable grounds” between 15 and 19 June. Students are advised to engage the university staff directly or through the student representative council.

They are also required to declare that the work submitted online is truly theirs.

If they are found guilty of plagiarism, students may receive a final grade of zero or may be suspended for one year, depending on the seriousness of the offence.

Winter school is scheduled for 22 June to 10 July, where students affected by online teaching and learning are catered for.

“These would be conducted in small numbers that will observe social distancing.”

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