More students pegged to fail due to university protests, says researcher

Education researcher Nic Spaull predicts that more university students will fail their final exams as a result of ongoing protests on campuses nationwide.

Spaull says that if the academic project continues to be disrupted at universities, it may affect the prospects of 2017 graduates.

He claims that while the last two months of protests don't have a major bearing on an entire degree, it may affect the ability of some students to pass the year.

The big question should be around exams... I think if anything there may be higher rates of failure because students haven't had the same level of preparation.

Nic Spaull, Post-doc fellow at the University of Stellenbosch

He says if exams continue, students many be subject to more take-home assessments.

According to Spaull, lack of exam preparation may result in increased failure of borderline students, who often come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He says the exam papers have been set to ask standard questions required for different disciplines.

Spaull says protesters have not fully considered the consequences of their disruptions.

Listen to Nic Spaull's perspective here:


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