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Probe into lecturer’s ‘sympathy marks’ case theSun TUESDAY APRIL 21 2009

Probe into lecturer’s ‘sympathy marks’ case

By Tan Yi Liang
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA:

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) has begun a probe into a former public university lecturer’s allegations that she was forced to resign for refusing to give “sympathy marks” to underperforming students.

“The Complaints and Enforcement Unit is heading the investigation. We are looking into this because this is about quality,” said MQA spokesman Muhammad Muammar Gaddafi.

Muhammad, who spoke to theSun yesterday, said currently “we are checking the validity of the claims which were published in the Malay language daily Kosmo! last week”.

“We do not know if the accusation is valid or not. We have to see what Kosmo! reported, and we do not know who the teacher is,” said Muhammad, who declined to comment further on the probe.

“It is still too early to make any comment,” he said.

The lecturer, who spoke anonymously on April 15, told the paper that she had resigned from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) as she was unable to tolerate the pressure to give out “sympathy marks” to students who had failed an examination set and marked by her.

In that examination, only four out of a class of 157 passed, prompting the university to send her a letter through the faculty dean calling for an explanation for the high failure rate.

She was then criticised heavily by her superiors who allegedly pressured her into adding marks based on the attendance of students.

She refused as she felt it was the responsibility of the students to turn up for classes.

“How am I to give them more marks if they are undeserving. I have given them all the marks I can even though the students do not deserve them,” said the lecturer, who had been teaching in Usim’s law faculty since 2007.

However, her allegations were dismissed by Usim vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin who said that the university had a clear procedure for marking test papers and that Usim had been ISO 9001:2000 accredited since 2004.

“We obtained our ISO 9001:2000 accreditation on Nov 11, 2004, and we were re- accredited on Jan 8 last year by the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (Sirim). This proves that we have clear and transparent procedures in place,” said Abdul Shukor in a press conference on Sunday.

He said examination results were first scrutinised in a meeting of the faculty’s undergraduate exams committee before being validated by the University Senate.

“We also have an external panel that oversees the academic and examination system,” he said.

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Nor refutes MQA’s claim that it does not know her identity

Dear Readers

I refute MQA’s claim in theSun at page 6 being reported on Tuesday April 21 2009 that it does not know my identity in an article “Probe into lecturer’s ’sympathy marks’ case”. I complained about Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s (USIM) unethical practice forcing me to manipulate marks to Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif of Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein on the 10th of June 2008 (10/6/2008). Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein called me and informed me that MQA can only investigate allegedly “unethical Public Universities” in January 2009.

This year, I sent an email to Ketua Pengarah Biro Pengaduan Awam Dr Tam Weng Wah regarding USIM’s unethical practice forcing me to manipulate marks whereby I explained to him that I gave extra classes to the students after they performed badly in the mid semester exam. Then Dr Tam forwarded my email to En Mohd Asri bin Mohamad (mohdasri@bpa.jpm.my) on Wednesday March 4 2009 at 7:55:39pm which states the following:
“KPP (A4), Disertakan maklumat tambahan untuk tindakan susulan. Sekian, terima kasih. KP” This email by Dr Tam was being cced (cc) to the aforementioned Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MQA, Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein at syedahmad@mqa.gov.my.

Then on Thursday March 5 2009 at 1:01:05 PM En Mohd Asri bin Mohamad (mohdasri@bpa.jpm.my) sent an email to the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) which reads the following:
“Tuan, Dikemukakan bersama-sama ini email aduan daripada pengadu untuk mendapat makluman dan tindakan pihak tuan jua. Dipohon maklum balas daripada pihak tuan dikemukakan terus kepada pengadu dan sesalinan dipanjangkan kepada BPA untuk tujuan rekod.Di atas kerjasama dan tindakan segera di pihak tuan amatlah dihargai. Sekian, terima kasih.” This email by En Mohd Asri bin Mohamad was also being cced (cc) to the aforementioned Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MQA, Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein at syedahmad@mqa.gov.my.

Based on the abovementioned explanation, I hereby rebut MQA’s spokesman Muhammad Muammar Gaddafi’s claim in theSun which reads “..we do not know who the teacher is”.

Please be informed. Thank You.

Sincerely,
Nor

Email to MQA today refuting its claim that it does not know my identity

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: nor benar <usimmmucheat@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 6:41 AM
Subject: Fwd: MQA lied when it said it does not know the identity of Ex-Usim lecturer
To: minister@mohe.gov.my

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: nor benar <usimmmucheat@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 6:31 AM
Subject: MQA lied when it said it does not know the identity of Ex-Usim lecturer
To: syedahmad@mqa.gov.my, muammar@mqa.gov.my
Cc: tam@bpa.jpm.my, letters@thesundaily.com, tanyl@thesundaily.com, tanyiliang@gmail.com, mohdasri@bpa.jpm.my

Assalamualaikum
 
I refute MQA’s claim in theSun at page 6 being reported on Tuesday April 21 2009 that it does not know my identity in an article “Probe into lecturer’s ’sympathy marks’ case”. I complained about Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s (USIM) unethical practice forcing me to manipulate marks to Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif of Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein on the 10th of June 2008 (10/6/2008). Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein called me and informed me that MQA can only investigate allegedly “unethical Public Universities” in January 2009.

This year, I sent an email to Ketua Pengarah Biro Pengaduan Awam Dr Tam Weng Wah regarding USIM’s unethical practice forcing me to manipulate marks whereby I explained to him that I gave extra classes to the students after they performed badly in the mid semester exam. Then Dr Tam forwarded my email to En Mohd Asri bin Mohamad (mohdasri@bpa.jpm.my) on Wednesday March 4 2009 at 7:55:39pm which states the following:
“KPP (A4), Disertakan maklumat tambahan untuk tindakan susulan. Sekian, terima kasih. KP” This email by Dr Tam was being cced (cc) to the aforementioned Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MQA, Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein at syedahmad@mqa.gov.my.

Then on Thursday March 5 2009 at 1:01:05 PM En Mohd Asri bin Mohamad (mohdasri@bpa.jpm.my) sent an email to the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) which reads the following:
“Tuan, Dikemukakan bersama-sama ini email aduan daripada pengadu untuk mendapat makluman dan tindakan pihak tuan jua. Dipohon maklum balas daripada pihak tuan dikemukakan terus kepada pengadu dan sesalinan dipanjangkan kepada BPA untuk tujuan rekod.Di atas kerjasama dan tindakan segera di pihak tuan amatlah dihargai. Sekian, terima kasih.” This email by En Mohd Asri bin Mohamad was also being cced (cc) to the aforementioned Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MQA, Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad Hussein at syedahmad@mqa.gov.my.

Based on the abovementioned explanation, I hereby rebut MQA’s spokesman Muhammad Muammar Gaddafi’s claim in theSun which reads “..we do not know who the teacher is”.

Please be informed. Thank You.