MOHE ‘not transparent’ in handling case, says former Usim lecturer
The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) was “not transparent” in its reply over investigations on allegations of marks-fixing at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim), said former lecturer Yasmin Norhazleena Bahari Md Noor.
“The MOHE never answered my queries, which speaks volumes of their lack of transparency and integrity in handling my case,” she said.
Yasmin, who resigned from Usim’s law faculty at the end of last year, said several matters remained unanswered in the MOHE investigation.
“The ministry should explain the exact date the Department of Higher Education concluded that the USIM Senate had acted appropriately and had the right to request that the marking be re-evaluated. On what basis does the department conclude that the senate had acted accordingly?” asked Yasmin, who also questioned the powers of the Senate to order the re-evaluation of the marks.
Yasmin also wondered if the power exercised by the Usim Senate violates the National Higher Education Strategic Plan.
“If it does not violate such Plan, provide the justifications,” she said.
In June 2008, Yasmin complained to the Ministry of Higher Education that she was victimised and pressured to quit after refusing to pass students who had failed her course at the university. But she only received a reply in February from the ministry, which upheld the university’s decision on altering and giving passing grades to her failed students.
Last week, the ministry’s director-general Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said investigations into the case found no basis for Yasmin’s claims.