Establishment of Special Examination Policy at Buffalo City College.

Establishment of Special Examination Policy at Buffalo City College.

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Nandipha Mabindisa started this petition to Department of Higher Eduacation, Training and

As parents, we are writing this letter to request the assistance on the matter mentioned below.
We are requesting the rules governing the Buffalo City College be amended to incorporate provisions for special examinations justified by uncommon circumstances that may befall the students, including but not exclusive to the peculiar challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 14 Buffalo City College students had an unfortunate incident of failing one outstanding subject in order to complete their qualifications during the November / December examination period. The College, refused to grant them a special examination, instead; it stated that they should register the subject part-time for the whole year. The response from the College does not want to assist students by establishing progressive rules and give them a chance to achieve their academic goals.
Below are the implications of what is at stake, if the students are not given an opportunity to write a special examination:
·        These students are provisionally admitted in Institutions of Higher Learning to further their studies and make something of themselves.
·        The current policy is largely biased towards the students. It seeks to punish, rather than to capacitate and transform them.  
·        NSFAS does not fund a failed subject. Hence, the students will not afford to self-fund an academic year.
·        In South Africa, without a qualification the prospects of these studnets is bleak.
As parents of the students, we request that a special examinations committee is appointed within the College to deliberate on the matter and create rules around special examinations. We believe that there should be examinations specifically for special examination.
We believe that the request herein is reasonable, attainable and in the interest of education of all students. 
 

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