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MANZINI – Trouble never seems to cease at the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU).

The latest ‘dose’ of trouble involves allegations that there were malpractices uncovered in the answers given by students in one of the courses of the second semester exam results.

This allegedly involves about 90 students doing third year in nursing and midwifery (BSNM).
The university now wants the students to rewrite the suspicious papers, meaning that the students’ results are likely to change as the institution claims they passed with ‘flying colours’.

Some of the students are said to have obtained 100 per cent passes, leaving university officials shocked.
According to the university, there were notable malpractices which were allegedly easily notable in the academic results released on July 9, 2018.


Out of the five courses which the students are said to have taken in the 2018 semester, one of the courses appeared to have been incomplete, following allegations that there were malpractices during the examination.

The allegations have left the students fuming as they may have to return to their routine of studying for the examinations.
In a memo, which is said to have been signed by the university’s registrar, the students were advised of the malpractice and further informed about rewriting, but no date has been given yet.

The students were advised that an external examiner noticed some anomaly in the responses of the NUR 306 final examination paper.
Some of the students also revealed that the allegations were that some of them may have copied or that they already had the answers.
It is for this reason that external examiners allegedly spotted some anomaly with the view that there was some malpractice.


Students said they were angered by the memo, alleging that it appeared the university was expecting some of their colleagues to fail.
“As such, BSNM 3 students will have to rewrite,” the memo stated.
The memo further stated that the students will be advised of the date for rewriting the paper.

Some of the students who were reached for comment, openly stated that it was not their fault that the lecturer allegedly repeated questions from previous exam papers.
“All we did was study,” they said.

They blamed the lecturer for allegedly repeating questions from past papers for more than 10 years.
The students also alleged that the paper they wrote had been repeated from the April 2015 examination. They also accused the lecturer of not lecturing and wondered why the tuition at the university was expensive.

A similar incident also happened at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) during the late 1990s. This happened when the law school class of 2000 was forced to rewrite examinations after alleged malpractices. Upon rewriting, some of the students who had passed ended up failing.
Over 30 students are said to have failed after rewriting the examinations.

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