Earlier today, GħSL issued a statement regarding the latest update regarding law students’ examinations. Just a few weeks before the June Examination Session, the Faculty Board decided to impose take-home examinations. The decision taken by the Faculty of Laws was decided even though there was heavy opposition from the respective student organisations who all pushed for assignments with no justifying reasons have been provided as to why this decision was taken.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, measures had to be taken to shift learning to an online platform. GħSL stated that; “[it] therefore proposed to the Faculty an assignment-based method of assessment, after having consulted with all the concerned students. Following this proposal, a group of student representatives were meant to vote on the matter together with the Dean and the Heads of Departments. However, they were unexpectedly stripped from their voting rights and a decision was taken without them to assess the students in an unprecedented take-home online exam format.“
This does not add up to the Dean of the Faculty of Laws’ statement to the Minister of Education; “…The students can’t stamp their feet and dictate. It’s simply not on.”
According to GħSL, the students have also not been receiving proper online lectures on their subjects therefore forcing take-home examinations is preposterous. “It is not right expecting a higher standard from the students when falling short from providing them with the necessary resources and circumstances encompassing their learning environment.” GħSL also stated.
During these critical times, it is our faculties and departments at UoM that need put in place the right measures as well as sympathize with its students. Take-home examinations cause an extra amount of stress on these students simply because the law students have reached out their opposition towards their impracticality.
GħSL has proposed a detailed report on how assignments can be adopted in order to create a proportionate balance between a diligent assessment method and empathetic examination conditions.