Place for Marking Scripts

By Vic Odarve

            This is a uniquely African way- lecturers or teachers have to mark or check exam scripts in a designated place!

Designated place where to mark exam scripts

Designated place where to mark exam scripts

This practice is opposite to most Asian and Western countries universities and colleges. Lecturers can bring the exam papers or scripts to their homes or any places to do marking or checking. But here in Africa, most universities and colleges has a designated place where to check/mark the exam papers. Nobody is allowed to bring exam papers outside. The reason is clear…to avoid outside interferences especially students.

    History has something to do with it. Corruption and bribery brought havoc in almost all countries in this part of the continent in the past few years. Lecturers or teachers from universities and colleges were not spared from bribery. Students bribed their teachers to raise the scores or to pass the failing grades. It became the reality of day to day teaching profession. Bribery, maybe at its peak and it’s difficult to eradicate! Government offices were rife with corruption. Even educational institution! Bribery was so strong and widespread that Christian schools could not live with it. That was before!

             As part of preventive measures and uphold Christian values and integrity of the schools, marking of scripts is now done at the designated place.

 Just like the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah! The cried of its wickedness was so strong such that it reached the Lord in heaven. What did God do? God came down from heaven with two angels to personally visit the two biblical cities and did something about it! Read Genesis 18: 20-21.

 20 Then Yahweh said, “How great is the cry for justice against Sodom and Gomorrah! And how grievous is their sin!

21 I am going down to see if they have done all that they are charged with in the outcry that has reached me. If it is not so, I will know.”

 So this school is on the right track! Measure to discourage bribery! This is the reason why student population increases every year. It is flowing like a river! It succeeds in educating our younger generation. It upholds Christian values and keeps students morally upright. This is it! Marking exam papers must be in one place! A uniquely African way!

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