Warning: This is a rant.
I’ve been asked many times how it is like being a lecturer. Or in grander terms, an educator. I am writing this quick entry because at this point, I am frustrated, extremely frustrated. I enjoy my job, I really do. However, what gets my goat is when despite repeated reminders (both verbal and written), there will be some students who will fail to submit an important assignment that will lead to a failure in the subject. A failure means that they will need to REPEAT the entire subject again. Mind you. I am not talking about writing a 10,000 word essay or preparing a 100-page report. All I am asking them to do is compile some of their certificates and complete TWO small surveys online (part of passing requirements). Once they do that, they pass the subject. FYI, this is a moral-education type of core subject that every student needs to pass (don’t ask).
Tomorrow’s the deadline. I have been reminding and repeating myself till I get embarrassed for being a nag. “Please remember to do this….do that…blah blah blah…”. Granted, the majority of students have completed the required tasks and have passed the subject. However, there is a handful that have not done it DESPITE REPEATED REMINDERS.
To top it all off, when I inform them of this, I do not get a “Oh dear, I’m so sorry. I will get it done pronto”. Instead, I get excuses. Or statements like “I do already!! But I think I forgot to print?”. Yes, there’s a question mark at the end, like I’m expected to answer the question.
Others, when confronted on why they have not done it, look at me and say stuff like “I was on MC what…” because oh, an MC covers every damn thing under the sky. Never mind that I took the effort to REMIND you to inform your classmates that if you are on MC, you are to INFORM YOUR CLASSMATE so that I can be informed. No, can’t be done. You were on MC and life goes on. Never mind if you are inconveniencing everyone else in the class.
So yes, I don’t even mind if you choose to fail a subject or choose not to hand in an assignment. What really gets to me is the ATTITUDE towards the entire matter. Like it’s everyone else’s fault that YOU did not bother to hand in your work. It is really not my responsibility to check if you did because honestly, if you do not complete the assignment, YOU FAIL. Simple as that. But I bother to keep asking because to repeat an ENTIRE SUBJECT just because you did not do 2 simple surveys?! Seriously?!
A case of caring too much? Should I just say f*** it and put FAIL beside your name? Yes, maybe I’d do just that because at the end of the day, I know that I have done my best to help you pass and if you don’t want to help yourself, so be it.
Ok, rant over. Thanks for reading.