A few weeks into the Easter Semester, students of Uganda Christian University (UCU) are concerned about the Re-marking Policy.
The policy was revised to include an increment of Shs100,000 in the re-marking fee that was initially free of charge.
A number of notices pinned up around the university on Wednesday January 24, indicated that every student who desired their examination papers to be remarked had to part with Shs100,000 per paper. The students were also informed that applications for re-marking would only be accepted in the first two weeks of every semester after the release of results.
Also incorporated in the notice is the fact that such requisitions would only be handled by respective faculties, and students are expected to register their complaints in the results complaints book.
“Please note that there will be no more paper reviews. Results passed by faculty boards and the University Senate are final. In case of any complaint, register it in the results complaints book(s) availed by the faculty,” the notice read.
“A student who is dissatisfied with a grade obtained in a particular examination may apply, at a fee of Shs100,000, to the deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs for the re-marking of that paper in which the course was offered. The application should not be made later than two weeks after the release of the examination results.”
“Note that the grade awarded after re-marking of the paper will be the final mark regardless of whether it is lower, or the same, as the final grade. Refer to undergraduate academic regulations section 7.4.”
A fourth-year law student, Joel Osekeny, complained about the increment in the remarking fee.
“It is a big increment, which is one way of limiting students’ complaints on their marks in one way or another, forcing them to retake papers they could have passed,
which definitely affects their grades,” Osekeny said.
“The increment in the re-marking fees is alarming and it is a way of stopping us from raising complaints. I wish the administration looks into this issue and re-revises the policy. Otherwise the decision is a bad one ,” he added.
The DVC Academic Affairs, Dr Benon Musinguzi however, told The Standard that he did not understand why the students were complaining because the
policy is not new, save for the increment in the re-marking fee. This is because the people who re-mark want more monay.
“There are a lot of costs involved in the re-marking process, which has also forced us to increase the fee,” he said.
“The money paid by those students that want their papers re-marked goes directly to the people who do the re-marking as a pay for their services.”
Musinguzi further said that the policy was improved to ensure that student numbers raising re-marking complaints were reduced. It was also to tickle students into taking their academics a little more seriously than relying on complaining for a re-mark every time they do not feel content with their results.
“We have also realized that some students have made it a habit to request for a re-mark every time they do not feel satisfied with their results. So the policy was revised to curb such issues too,” he said.
According to Musinguzi, originally students were not charged for re-marking. However, because of the prevailing economic situation, the University Senate took a decision on February 2 to charge students for re-marking as a way of lessening its expenses. The Shs100,000 is paid to the team that re-marks the students’ papers.