Grades for Sale at UL?

first_imgBetter grades can get a student from one level to another in their academic sojourn.  These grades are currently rumored to be on sale at the state-run University of Liberia following the completion of a fragile semester in April.According to scores of UL students, who just completed their senior course in English, those who could not make the desired grades were asked to pay L$1,000 to “cross the bridge” from failure to passing. This amount being requested by unscrupulous instructors is being seen as too much by students.The English course— coded as Engl. 411— was taught in the seventh section on the schedule, and is reported to have recorded mass failure due to academic limitations of poorly prepared students.The affected students told the Daily Observer that the instructor gave an assignment to students as part of what will constitute their final grades in addition to the examination.The students, who asked for anonymity, said they failed to meet the required grade points and ended up failing.“Upon receiving our papers, one of our classmates told us not to search for the instructor on UL campus, but rather to go to the Stella Maris campus where he was eating.  When we got there, he gave each person an envelope for us to write our names with our identification number to put L$1,000 into.  When he took the money, he then returned the emptied envelope to the student and his/her ID is checked,” a student explained.“The money is too much for us at this time because some of us are not working to get money.  If it were L$500, it would be acceptable. But the L$1,000 is too much as we still have tests to do and the burden of transportation is still hanging over us,” another student said.While our reporter was on the Fendell Campus on April 4, students copying the class schedule for next semester were seen and heard checking names of instructors to sit under.Normally students look out for convenient days and times, but now they ask who the instructor is before choosing their section.Students were rejecting certain instructors attached to courses because of past encounters with them.When the Dean of the college was contacted via mobile phone, he said such an issue had been brought to his attention, and that he would conduct an investigation to ascertain the facts.In another instance, students who did beginner’s accounting said the instructor charged US$10 to “cross the bridge.”Coded as Acct. 003, the students who were in section 9 on the schedule said their instructor told them to pay the amount as a prerequisite to passing the course.“This is my third time doing this course under this same instructor, I still can’t pass.  Now that he has collected my US$10, I hope to see a passing grade and not an ‘F, NG’ or ‘I.’ If not, he will feel the weight,” one student threatened.At the “Brother and Sister Restaurant” where this instructor and his female friend were sitting on the main campus, we were asked by this woman to use our phone so she could give us the amount to be paid.  When my phone was given back to me with a figure on the screen, I was asked to pay L$500.  The woman threw my phone on the ground and it almost broke,” a student said.Amidst these instances at UL, affected students are regretting the absence of Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell, who they say would not allow such activities to take place under her watch.According to them, under Dr. Brownell instructors were careful about what they did in class as they needed to protect their jobs. Dr. Brownell was constantly on their (the instructors) backs to ensure that no one takes money from students for grades.“These instructors were only advocating for the woman to leave the university so they could go about “business as usual.”  Since she is not here, they will continue giving tests with intention of failing people so they can extort money from us and build their houses,” a distressed female said.UL Relations Vice President, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, in response to a call from the Daily Observer, said such information was not available to him, but the Dean of Student Affairs would look into the issue.Efforts made to contact the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Julius S. Nelson, proved futile as his phone was switched off.Although Dr. Emmet A. Dennis’ Administration at the University of Liberia is strict in making sure that the problem is tackled, it is difficult to control as students themselves are willing to take part.In most instances they are the first through, their class leadership, to propose money collection to bribe an instructor. Many students do not attend classes or take lessons seriously; preferring to use money to buy grades instead.As a result of this issue plaguing the education system, instructors who teach and live by principles are often hated by students, who describe them as “harsh and uncompassionate.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgNaomh MhuireUNDER 8 Coaching will take place on Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm and on Saturday from 10am to 11am. The under 12s training is Monday and Wednesday next week at 7. U-14s play Ardara on Friday eveing in the Championship in Ardara. Loads of information and pictures on the Naomh Mhuire Bord na nOg facebook page – make sure to check it out.The seniors recorded a great home win on Sunday. It did not look great at half time but a spirited second half and a brilliant Owenie McGarvey point sealed the victory. The Reserves got a draw but will fell they let the two points slip but it was another strong performance. Free weekend this weekend. Good luck to Donegal this weekend in the Ulster Final. Peil na mBan. u16, minor and ladies training Tues and Thurs at 8pm in Banks. u16s is due to start on 2nd of August v Naomh Conail, 14th v Dungloe,16th v Cloich Cheann Fhaola. Minor starts September 15th, 22nd, 29th.The u13 competition starts Wed 15th August. We need all players out training for these competitions. We have 10 players picked to take part in the Donegal U12 development squad. This programme starts this Friday at 6pm in the Banks for the west division and will continue for 8 weeks. Aoife McDonald Donegal ladies captain is head coach with the West Division.Naomh Mhuire GAA Club are hosting a BIG SPORTS AND FUN DAY on Sunday August 19th at the Banks. The day will act as a fundraiser as well as a great day for all children and Adults. A full day of activities with races, football, food stalls, arts and crafts, 5k race, gourmet burgers, strong man and woman, long kick, golf, etc. With development due to start shortly on improved facilities including additional dressing rooms, etc all support is greatly appreciated and this should be a great family day for all ages.The 2nd day of the 5th in the Naomh Mhuire Surf Day series in Carrickfinn is set for this Friday 20th July, 2pm to 8pm. Booking is essential and slots are available in 3 age groups and times. Slots will be filled on a first come first served basis: 5 – 8 years – from 2 till 4pm, 8 – 12 years from 3 till 6 pm, 12+ from 4pm till 8pm. Please text your name and age (if under 12) to 087 9540756.A course in child protection and good practise in the GAA will be held in the clubhouse. Anyone interested in doing this worthwhile course contact Childrens Officer, Dónal O’Séarcáigh. This course covers all from Adult to u/age mentors in every aspect of their roles within the club. It is a two hour course. The club had its annual church gate collection last weekend and a huge thanks to all who supported.Lotto details for week 11th July. Jackpot 2360 euro. No jackpot winner and one match 3 winner: Anne McGinley, St’Marys View, Anagaire. Numbers drawn were 6-12-19-21.Next 100 club draw is 25th July. Sellers get collecting and have returns in on time.Check out details on  GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Naomh Mhuire Club noteslast_img read more