Appeal to revoke the remark of our research assignment and reinstate the previous marks.

Appeal to revoke the remark of our research assignment and reinstate the previous marks.

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Daveyton VUT campus started this petition to Vaal University of Technology

Management,


During our countless communication with Dr. Harmse, we were made aware that our research projects are under review by the Head of Information Technology, who during moderation noted that an incorrect rubric was used to mark our projects and suddenly decided that Dr Anton Maneschijn at Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Ekurhuleni Campus appointed for years and by whom some of our fellow students have graduated under his supervision. He is now deemed incompetent to lecture and cannot deliver the module as expected.
Our Final Assessment was then reviewed amongst Dr Martin and Dr Harmse who then decided to remark using a different rubric and of which the students of Ekurhuleni were only given study guides by Dr Maneschijn. As a result the majority of the failed the module and only a few barely passed.
We feel that the Institution itself has failed us and is involving us in their internal politics amongst their colleagues, based on the below points:
1. The lecturer we received was nominated by the Institution and has been delivering this module for years at VUT. To inconveniently note that he is incompetent after he has marked our final assessments and published our marks on ITS portal shows the unprofessionalism of the Institution. Students do not appoint lecturers and we refuse to be subjected to the Institution incompetency.
2. The students of Ekurhuleni received the prescribed study guide from the appointed lecturer (Dr Maneschijn) and followed it to the core, hence the students accepted the previous results.
3. The students from the main campus were given a second opportunity to resubmit their research projects, which we as the students of Ekurhuleni were not given, although we pay the same school fees yet the Institution preaches equality.
4. It is the Institution’s duty to set standards by which students should be lectured by and this is done before the students take the course. We enrolled for research in February 2018, passed the module first semester and promoted to second semester under the same lecturer who is now deemed incompetent. Our marks were published on the ITS portal in December 2018. Suddenly on the 1st of February 2019 we learned that our marks have changed without any consultation, and to date there still hasn’t been any communication. This is mediocrity and yet again a reflection of the department’s lack of concern. The HOD who failed to review the module in the beginning of the semester and somehow waited till the last hour to review the module curriculum, this was not in the best interest of the students. Proper procedures should have been followed in the beginning of the academic year of 2018. The sudden change of the curriculum forces the students to question the credibility of the module and qualification, whether proper procedures regarding the South African Qualifications Authority had actually been followed in regards to this undertaking.
5. It is the students request to revise each and every research that was done in connection with the lecturer in question. We therefore request that every other lecturer be subjected to the same scrutiny.
6. The failure to communicate compromises on the students benefits to receive grants and bursaries for the academic year in question.

On the grounds stated above we refuse to be subjected to the politics of the department and demand that our former marks before the remark by the HOD be reinstated. Should the department fail to reinstate the marks, the students request that all the previous students that passed under the supervision of the lecturer in question must be subjected to the same remark.

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