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.


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