UKZN results out early

2009-12-16 00:00

CHANGES in the release of final year results affect more than matriculants this year. The University of KwaZulu-Natal has introduced a new structure in their academic calendar which now sees marking done earlier so that supplementary examinations can be written shortly after the release of the main examination results.

While the graduation season remains in April, results will be released this Friday.

Previously, students had to write their supplementary exams in January. This meant students who are not from the area had to come back to the university from home after the festive season.

But according to Professor Jane Meyerowitz, the registrar, cutting costs had no bearing on this decision.

She said the decision was taken by the university senate in light of perceived benefits to both students and staff.

“The structure was initially suggested by the students. They cited many advantages, which persuaded the senate to go this route. For example, the students can continue staying in the residences to write their supplementary exams and don’t have to go home and return later.

“But another advantage was the fact that they will write the exams while the work is still fresh in their minds …”

More importantly, she said, students will know their final results before the year-end and so will be able to plan for the upcoming year instead of having to wait until the beginning of February.

“When the students know where they stand well in advance of the new academic year, they can start making plans for funding or seek employment — especially those students expected to graduate after supplementary exams.”

The benefit for the staff, according to Meyerowitz, is that they get to pursue research projects in January without having to break from it to mark the supplementary scripts.

However, she said graduation dates won’t be moved earlier since this would affect hundreds of masters and doctoral students, whose theses are getting ready to be sent to internal and external examiners for marking, many of whom are based overseas.

This new arrangement will be fully evaluated in the new year before it is permanently adopted.

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.