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DON’T AWARD MARKS BASED ON IMPRESSION, FUNAI DON CAUTIONS ACADEMICS

A professor of English and the Director of Academic Planning in the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Professor Kevin N. Nwogu has cautioned Nigerian academics to avoid the temptation of awarding academic marks to students based on impression, adding that it would dilute the quality of degrees the students graduate with and out-rightly affect their productivity in the labour market.

DAP, PROF K N NWOGU DEMONSTRATING

DAP, Prof. K. N Nwogu demonstrating the need for academics to be cautious and painstaking in evaluating students

Professor Nwogu was speaking during an orientation programme organized by the Department of Languages/Linguistics/Literary Studies of the University for her teaching staff at the Language Laboratory tilted ‘Effective Teaching and Evaluation: Developing Test Items and Marking Schemes for the Humanities.”

He said: “Be more cautious in marking. Don’t allow your feeling or sentiment to becloud your sense of judgment. Be more painstaking in assessing students. It is not in the interest of the University and the nation to produce graduates that are not sellable, who lack the requisite skills and functional knowledge”

The Director of Academic planning further warned lecturers against witch-hunting students, advising them to imbibe positive marking technique in evaluating their works. “Don’t look for blemishes in students’ work. Rather read closely and search for the good aspects of their work”, he said.

Earlier, the Head, Department of Languages/Linguistics/Literary Studies,               Dr. Nnenna Nwosu stated that the essence of the orientation programme was to prepare and equip the lecturers with the relevant knowledge to carry out their duties, even as the 2016/2017 academic session of the University was bid to commence on Monday, 17th October, 2016.

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