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Exeter error leaves 200 students without university place-guardian.co.uk

Exeter error leaves 200 students without university place

Almost 200 high-flying A-level students had their places confirmed at Exeter University, only to discover that they had in fact been rejected – and missed out on places at other universities, it emerged last night. Another 200 students were offered a place at the wrong campus.

The sixth-formers, many of whom had almost straight-A grades but had narrowly missed their offers for Exeter, celebrated after receiving congratulatory letters from the university admissions service, Ucas, confirming their places last Thursday.

But when some went to check online hours later, they found they had been rejected. A clerical mistake at Exeter had led 190 students to be accepted in error.

The university says it tried to call all the students involved, but many will now be left without a university place this year because they missed the first five days of clearing, the system for allocating leftover places.

Four-fifths of university places available through clearing have already been filled, with 33 students chasing after each one that remains, figures showed today.

Ucas says 138,506 students have yet to secure a university place and are eligible for clearing, while just 4,200 spaces on degree courses are left. Five days after A-level results, 411,164 students have had their places confirmed for this autumn, compared with 368,532 at the same point last year.

Some 17,800 have found a place through clearing, compared with 6,633 at the same point last year. But 138,506 would-be students are still hoping for a last-minute vacancy, compared with 119,705 at this time last year.

Exeter has offered places to the 190 students affected – for 2010.

Becky Anderton, from Lancashire, achieved an A and two Bs last Thursday, narrowly missing her offer from Exeter to study maths, but received a letter from Ucas confirming her place. “My mum burst into tears of happiness and we were at home celebrating. Then, when I checked online the next day, it said I had been unsuccessful.”

An admissions tutor from Exeter called her the next day to explain the error.

The 17-year-old has decided to accept a place for 2010, although she wanted to go to university this autumn and is anxious about how she is going to find a job at such short notice.

She said: “To be told I’ve got in, and then over 24 hours later to be told I haven’t – it’s a shock, to say the least. I started to cry, but I came to the realisation that there was nothing I could do about it.”

Her mother, Heather, said: “It has been devastating. We’ve felt very angry, but had no one to shout at. The university’s inefficiency has cost my daughter a year, and that is a year in earnings.”

Another student wrote on the Guardian’s website as coolkathryn91: “As one of the 190 students who has been affected by this, having received my offer letter and having it taken away from me again in under 24 hours, I can safely say it has been the worst few days ever.

“I can also say that the university did not at all make any effort to contact me … even though my parents contacted them on numerous occasions at numerous levels leaving numerous methods of contact. Only the head of law bothered to respond. I have accepted the offer for 2010, but am now having to plan a very impromptu gap year.”

Another student, writing as nandop, said that Exeter had withdrawn the offer of a place for this autumn, but then re-offered it with the following warning: “If you do decide to take up our offer of a place… the student numbers will be exceptionally high. Whilst we will do everything possible to ensure you receive the same standard of education despite the high student numbers, you may prefer to come in 2010.”

In another error, 188 students were sent a letter to say they had a place at the university’s main campus in Exeter. In fact, they should have been offered places at its Cornwall campus, almost 100 miles away.

The university sent the students an email and text message to say the letter was wrong, but later offered them a place at the main campus.

Professor Janice Kay, deputy vice-chancellor for education at Exeter, said: “We are sorry that problems in our admissions process have caused uncertainty for some applicants. We made every possible effort to inform applicants as to the correct position as soon as we were aware of the problems which had occurred. We will be looking very closely at what went wrong this year, but for the moment our focus is on informing and helping those students who have been affected.”

A spokesman from Ucas said: “We are working extremely closely with Exeter to support them in repairing the situation.”

The situation is not thought to have occurred at other universities.

 

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk at 16.52 BST on Tuesday 25 August 2009. It was last updated at 16.54 BST on Tuesday 25 August 2009.
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Hampir 400 kecewa tawaran ditarik balik-Kosmo! Online

LONDON – Hampir 400 pelajar tingkatan enam kecewa setelah mengetahui tawaran memasuki Universiti Exeter ditarik balik atau dikenakan syarat tambahan, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

Beberapa pelajar mendakwa kegembiraan mereka kini bertukar menjadi kecewa setelah pihak universiti melakukan kesalahan teknikal.

Sejumlah pelajar kekurangan bilangan A yang diperlukan sebagai syarat kemasukan ke universiti itu.

Pada mulanya, mereka diberitahu berjaya meneruskan pengajian menerusi satu surat ucapan tahniah.

Namun, sebanyak 190 pelajar yang kemudian menyemak status permohonan di Internet terkejut kerana mengetahui tawaran itu sebenarnya satu kesilapan.

Seorang pelajar, Jenny Cheetham yang berumur 18 tahun dari Camberley, Surrey, berasa terkejut selepas mendapati permohonannya ke sebuah universiti ditolak selepas menerima surat tawaran.

Pada mulanya, dia berasa gembira kerana mendapat surat tawaran kemasukan ke univeriti.

Namun, beberapa jam kemudian, dia menerima e-mel daripada Perkhidmatan Kemasukan Universiti dan Kolej (UCAS) yang memintanya memeriksa statusnya di Internet.

“Saya berasa terkejut. Saya tidak tahu apa yang perlu dilakukan,” katanya selepas mendapati permohonannya memasuki universiti ditolak. – Agensi

Tiada baju buat ibu-fadly@hmetro.com.my

Tiada baju buat ibu

Oleh Mohd Fadly Samsudin
fadly@hmetro.com.my

GOMBAK: “Hati ini sedih terkenang hajat arwah yang ingin membawa pakaian baru untuk kami sekeluarga pada Syawal ini. Nampaknya hajat itu tidak kesampaian,” kata Normah Abdullah, 40-an, ibu kepada pelajar kejuruteraan, Mohd Hafifi Hazwan Mohd Adnan, 20, yang lemas di kolam renang Pusat Sukan Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) di sini, semalam.

Menurutnya, arwah ada menghubunginya pada waktu sahur hari pertama Ramadan lalu kerana itu adalah pengalaman pertama arwah berpuasa di kampus selepas mendaftar masuk di UIAM Julai lalu.

Norma berkata, dia mendapat panggilan telefon memaklumkan mengenai kematian anaknya itu daripada pihak pengurusan universiti pada jam 3.30 pagi.

Dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 2.30 pagi semalam, mangsa dikatakan ke kolam renang yang terletak berhadapan dengan kolej kediamannya untuk mandi selepas bermain futsal.

Difahamkan, sebaik tiba di kolam, mangsa terus terjun ke dalamnya seorang diri sebelum beberapa rakan lain tiba.

Menurut rakan arwah yang mahu dikenali sebagai Hizad, pada pagi kejadian, dia bersama tiga lagi rakan baru selesai bermain futsal di gelanggang dalam kampus sebelum merancang mandi di kolam renang berkenaan.

“Arwah ketika itu menunggang motosikal berseorangan manakala kami menaiki dua motosikal lain dan tiba di kolam itu agak lewat.

“Setibanya kami di kolam renang itu, kami mendapati arwah menjerit meminta pertolongan selepas kakinya dikatakan kejang dalam kolam itu yang dalamnya 2.4 meter,” katanya.

Menurutnya, mereka cuba menyelamatkan arwah, namun disebabkan panik, gagal berbuat apa-apa lalu melaporkan kejadian kepada pengawal keselamatan.

Hizad berkata, dia dapat merasai kelainan pada diri arwah ketika mereka ke rumah rakan mereka di Kajang pada siang hari berkenaan.

“Saya pelik melihat arwah bersalaman serta memeluk erat ayah rakan kami itu selain dia juga memberi duit dan itu mungkin satu petanda arwah akan pergi buat selama-lamanya,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah Gombak, Asisten Komisioner Abd Rahim Abdullah, berkata pihaknya menerima maklumat berhubung kejadian itu kira-kira jam 3 pagi dan kes itu diklasifikasikan sebagai mati mengejut.

“Mangsa dipercayai tidak tahu berenang dan mayatnya kemudian dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL),” katanya.

Jenazah mangsa disembahyangkan di Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS) di UIA, sebelum dibawa pulang untuk dikebumikan di kampung halamannya di Besut, Terengganu.

Pelajar UIAM lemas dalam kolam renang-Harian Metro

Pelajar UIAM lemas dalam kolam renang

KUALA LUMPUR:Seorang pelajar Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) ditemui lemas dalam kolam renang di kampus universiti itu di sini, pagi ini.

Mayat Mohd Hafifi Hazwan Mohd Adnan, 20, ditemui pada 3 pagi dan dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur di sini untuk bedah siasat.

Ketua Polis Daerah Gombak, Asisten Komisioner Abdul Rahim Abdullah, berkata Mohd Hafifi, pelajar tahun pertama, dilaporkan mandi di kolam itu bersama-sama empat rakannya selepas bermain futsal.

“Dia dipercayai tidak pandai berenang,” katanya.-Bernama

Pelajar UIA mati lemas di kolam-Kosmo!Online 25 Ogos 2009

Oleh ATIKAH DALI

GOMBAK- “Saya dengar suara orang menjerit meminta tolong dan sebaik sampai ke kolam renang saya nampak Hafifi sudah berada di dasar kolam.”

Demikian cerita Muhamad Izad Yusof, 20, ketika menyaksikan detik rakannya, Mohd Hafifi Hazwan Mohd Adnan, 20, yang mati lemas di kolam renang Kompleks Sukan Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) di sini semalam.

Hidup ini tak lama mana

Hidup ini tak lama mana

Dunia ini hanyalah persinggahan

Destinasi mutakhir ialah alam akhirat

Orang teraniaya sentiasa dilindungi Allah

Katalah apa kamu nak kata

Aku tak kisah sebab Allah membela orang yang benar

Aku bukan Bilal Al Rabbah, aku bukan Sumayyah

Tapi kau mesti ingat ! kau banyak fitnah & aniaya aku

Perangai kau lagi teruk dari orang zaman jahiliyyah

Tapi kau mempunyai pendidikan agama

Aku takut pada Allah sebab tu aku tak nak tipu markah

Aku lagi hargai pandangan Allah terhadapku from what you think of me!

Aku hidup kerana Allah

Aku mengharap keredhaan Allah

Kau hidup untuk siapa?

Untuk mencari keredhaan manusia atau keredhaan Allah?

Engkau tak penting bagi aku

Aku serah segalanya pada Allah

Kau anggap kau betul

Aku buat kerana Allah

Aku yakin aku takkkan mati sia-sia

Sebab aku tak sia-siakan amanat Allah

Menipu markah itu bukan amalan orang bertakwa

Aku tak makan duit haram

Aku nak keberkatan Allah.

Kau tuduh aku tunjuk alim,  aku sedar aku tak fasih berbahasa Arab macam kau sebab tu aku mendalami Islam

Aku bukan taraf ulama macam kau tapi aku tak ingin makan duit haram,

tak diberkati Allah sebab menipu markah.

Aku tak cari dunia, kau kena faham hakikat itu, Meskipun Allah sudah jadikan aku lahir dalam kemewahan tapi aku tak  cari dunia….kau kena faham tu

Biar akhirat nanti aku bersemuka dengan kau di hadapan Allah Subhana Wa Taala.

Masa kat MMU, bila aku verified marks manipulated by Dr Goh Pek Chen

Aku tak boleh tidur tiga hari, solat aku jadi tak sempurna, Aku bermimpi ada orang cakap kat aku , aku lebih takut pada Dr Goh daripada aku takutkan Allah,Jadi aku pun tarik balik my verification of the marks manipulated by Dr Goh Pek Chen. Biar Aku dapat keredhaan Allah daripada keredhaan Dr Goh.

Aku sedar ini semua (MMU & USIM) adalah ujian Allah padaku sama ada aku takut pada Dekan2 atau takut pada Allah.

Kau tak faham Aku MENGUTAMAKAN ALLAH DARI MANUSIA

KAU TAK FAHAM MASIH WUJUD LAGI ORANG YANG TERINGIN BERDAMPING DENGAN ALLAH

Tengok balik ayat 165 surah Al Baqarah, dimana terjemahannya ialah “Adapan orang-orang yang beriman sangat besar cintanya pada Allah”

Oh ya, aku lupa  kau hina aku janda mental jadi aku ni tak ada ciri-ciri orang beriman ya?

Yalah aku tak pandai bahasa Arab macam kau

Aku tak layak belajar ke AlAzhar atau Madinah University

Aku bertatih belajar agama Islam

Aku merangkak-rangkak belajar bahasa Arab

aku tak pandai berpura-pura dan bermulut manis

Aku tak pandai mengampu,

Biarlah Allah menilai aku,

walaupun kau tuduh aku mental, setahu aku orang gila dikecualikan daripada mengerjakan sembahyang

Aku tak pernah tinggal sembahyang  sejak aku mencari Allah ketika aku berumur 19 tahun

Aku tak pernah meracau lupa diri sampai tak sembahyang

Sepanjang aku mencari Allah aku tak pernah tinggal sembahyang, aku tak pernah makan duit haram, aku tak pernah berzina, aku tak pernah keluar Islam.

Aku ni dah diuji macam Rasulullah diuji

Dilabel sebagai gila, diusir, ada cubaan membunuh aku sampai aku accident di highway, masa aku drive dari USIM  aku tak boleh kawal kereta aku.

Alhamdulillah

Aku juga difitnah sebagaimana Saidatina Aisyah RA difitnah mempunyai hubungan sulit dengan lelaki, Phew!!!

Do you think that I am in a  some kind of a joy ride?

Anyhow, kalau umur panjang biarlah Allah menunjukkan kebenaran di dunia

Kalau tak sempat, kita bersemuka di akhirat,

Moga segala fitnah dan nista anda semua melayakkan saya hidup senang dalam kubur serta saya dapat masuk syurga tanpa hisab,

Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

Selamat berpuasa dan tingkatkanlah usaha anda mendapatkan keredhaan Allah.

Saya masih merangkak-rangkak menambahkan bekalan untuk ke alam akhirat

Takut mati kelak bekalan saya tak cukup, Ya Lah saya ni manusia yang penuh kehinaan, noda dan dosa, bukan?

Blow to whistle-blowers-R. Nadeswaran theSun 24 August 2009

Blow to whistle-blowers R. Nadeswaran

 FROM Day One, it had been explicitly stated and repeated several times that this columnist will not touch on race, religion or politics. Last week, I sat back, thought about it, and discussed with colleagues and friends whether I should make the exception. Over the weekend, there was some soul-searching to do over three issues – education, misuse of public funds and corruption. The course of events over the past two weeks has been disturbing indeed. And they related to politics and race. I was advised that I would be “acting against national interests” if I questioned the education policy. But I support the affirmative policies to help down-trodden fellow-citizens and have always maintained that I do not have an agenda. If I had chosen to keep my vows and remain silent as if they did not exist, the conscience would say that silence is acceptance of the wrongdoing. So, in all honesty, I have decided to seek your indulgence to touch on issues that need to be addressed in a manner befitting their importance. Last week, commenting on the PKFZ fiasco, I wrote: “Never in the history of this country has there been so much vigour in the demand from the public to get to the bottom of a scandal-ridden project. The country has never seen the enthusiasm and openness of a minister who is bent on seeing justice to a problem which he inherited. Never has a minister committed himself to seeing the cornerstones of good governance – transparency and accountability – being practised.” Just when you thought the minister’s courage will set a precedent for not only his cabinet colleagues but also civil servants to follow suit when someone drops a clanger and attempts to destroy one form of the “whistle-blowing” concept. All kinds of accusations are levelled against him in the name of politics and political donations and even appointments of key personnel are questioned. But those making the accusations are the same people against whom the special task force alleged had short-changed the government of between RM500 million and RM1 billion. While right-thinking people will take such claims of parting with RM10 million with a generous helping of salt, it has put a premature end to attempts to create a new culture of “whistle-blowing” within the higher echelons of our government. It has certainly put a dent on efforts to give civil servants confidence that they should stand up to politicians who sometimes stray from the standard procedures. It also destroys the present government’s policy of being open and transparent in all its dealings. Why should anyone stand up and expose wrongdoings when false and unsubstantiated accusations are made against him or her? Will the system protect such people or just sit and watch as one accusation after another is made? Faisal Abdullah (Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd deputy CEO) goes to great lengths to question the legality of the appointment of the Port Klang Authority chairman, but he should be looking at his backyard first. Wasn’t he the Klang municipal councillor who built his bungalow in Kampung Raja Uda in Port Klang without getting the necessary approvals? Wasn’t he one of the 24 councillors who turned a blind eye when Istana Zakaria was being built? Wasn’t he one of the councillors whose terms were not extended? The minister had been consistent from the very start when he took office. He made repeated assurances that the PKFZ scandal would be investigated and that the audit reports would be made public. Even then, there was no talk of RM10 million or free plane rides. The question to ask is: Why now, especially immediately after the reports of over-billings and high costs. This column has been consistent on corruption and wrong-doers. There will be no sympathy for either. But the key point is that “whistle blowers” are being systematically targeted. Talking about whistle-blowers”, one cannot put in words the courage of the supposed officials of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against one of their bosses. What they wrote will remain mere allegations until they are proven, but from my experience, there appears to be some semblance of issues worth investigating. It is unfortunate that I cannot make public what is within my knowledge lest I am accused of being judge, jury and executioner. However, for the sake of justice and the truth, I am willing to talk to any competent enforcement authority. Not one which wants to know where my information came from but to one who wants to get to the bottom of it all.

Now, to the issue of education. I have read and scrutinised the answer scripts of at least 20 wannabe lawyers which was the subject of this column last Wednesday. I described them in some detail. At least 18 of them will fail the simple test we have for those wanting to become a journalist. I wouldn’t even employ them as our office boy! Malaysians have a right to be worried. Are these the qualities of future magistrates who are going to sit and decide on our fate? Are these the people you turn to for justice and fair play? It is a frightening scenario indeed. Everyone I talked to washed his hands by saying: “This involves the national education policy. No one can do anything.” But this policy, although giving priority to sections of the community, does not encourage the setting up of “sure-to-pass” universities. Neither does it specifically state that incompetent students must be made to pass by altering marks or lowering standards. Are our educationists interpreting this policy wrongly? I don’t know and answers must be forthcoming.

 Last Monday, I wrote about the Mathematics preparatory examination paper for Standard Six pupils and the amount of grammar mistakes in it. I did get a response – a call from the Selangor Education Department. All the caller wanted to know was where I got the examination paper. “Yang hantar itu guru atau ibubapa?” (Who sent it to you, a teacher or a parent?) she asked. I had to explain to her that it arrived in a brown envelope, sent anonymously. Is there going to be an official response? “Itu Pengarah akan jawab. Saya hanya ditugaskan untuk mengenal pasti macam mana kertas soalan boleh dapat diedarkan.” (It is for the director to reply. I have been tasked to establish how the examination paper was circulated.” Thirty-three mistakes were identified in 40 questions and all the authorities are worried about is finding out how it ended up in the hands of this writer! Someone should explain how the mistakes came about; someone should trace the teachers responsible for the mistakes and the supervisor who is responsible for the lapse. All they are interested in is nabbing the whistle-blower! At a time when our leaders are going on lawatan sambil belajar to make Malaysia the regional education hub, we have subordinate officers making our standards a laughing stock. How many officers do you need to investigate the source of the mistakes? A dozen – 11 to find the source of the leak and one to sign the disciplinary note against the whistle-blower. So much for an integrated learning system! R. Nadeswaran is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun. He can be reached at: citizen-nades@thesundaily.com.