^^^ thats interesting, wasnt aware of that.
Did anyone read the email yesterday? Have you ever read such complete rubbish in your life?
Following detailed discussion and inputs from the Academic Council and
others the academic calendar for 2011-2012 was recently agreed by the
Executive Board - see link below. There are a number of changes to the
traditional calendar and the most significant change is that the start
of the first semester will be later in September (by one week) than in
previous years and because of this the end of semester examinations will
take place after the Christmas holidays.
The later start will allow a full week of induction for first year
students when there are no other students present on campus and also
gives more time to complete repeat exam processing etc. It was felt that
the start to the current academic year was unsatisfactory in this regard.
I know that there are mixed views on the merits of examinations before
or after Christmas and that a majority of students prefer examinations
before Christmas but by placing them after Christmas students are given
more time to study.
Mixed views? you'd be hard pressed to find a single student who thinks this is a good idea. Check out the link attached, its the most incomprehensible document ever created... purposely no doubt.
This 'more time to study' line is a joke, the week prior to the exams is when most people put in a huge amount of work... which is now post xmas and 2 days after new years. Seriously WTF??
I was half tempted to reply to the email, expressing my views, what do you guys think bad/good idea?