Unisa exams postponed

2017-05-10 06:02
A Unisa student reads information about the exams being postponed on the university's website.PHOTO: Supplied

A Unisa student reads information about the exams being postponed on the university's website.PHOTO: Supplied

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LATE delivery of students’ study material has led the University of South Africa (Unisa) to extend its May-June examination deadline.

In a statement on the university’s website from the vice-chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya, Unisa said it has postponed the first two weeks of the examinations.

Students will now be able to choose between writing from May 2, as per the original time table, or from June 10.

“The institution modules written from May 15 are not affected by these changes and will continue as initially scheduled. For modules scheduled in the first two weeks of the examination there are two options for students to write their examinations. Option one is from the May 2 as per the original time table or option two is from June 10 as per the new time table that will follow,” read the statement.

The statement warned that affected students must only make use of one of the examination options available because if they write both papers, the university will only mark the first attempt.

“Students are not required to contact the university or complete any forms to write the second option. The university will ensure that there are sufficient papers available for each sitting. Updated examination timetables will be available next week.”

Media reports indicate that students at Unisa’s main campus in Pretoria embarked on protest action last week, claiming the institution did not hand out study material on time for students to prepare for exams.

Pietermaritzburg student Khanya Ndlovu, who is doing his Honours in development studies, said he received his study material two days after registering.

“I think the issue with delayed studying material is because other students put in the wrong details when registering or they chose to fetch it at the post office rather than have it couriered to them.”

Ndlovu said he was unhappy that the university had chosen to postpone the examinations.

“Some students are ready, now they have to reschedule their study routine. This also shows how disorganised the university is. They need to ensure that students get their study material on time before scheduling examinations.”

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