Prodeacon Luţaş has explained that the rules, as written, state that only the value of the final examination in the course's grading scheme can be earned in this re-examination. Hence, I expect few students to come in today for my two re-examinations, for they are worth only 25% of their final marks, and few students who have failed can possibly pass simply by passing the re-examination.
I have learned, however, that in practice some, if not most, professors here weight the final examination at 70% to 100% of the student's grade. In a system where a 5 out of 10 is considered passing, this high weight enables semester-long no-shows to earn both a passing mark and full credit for the course after having "cut" 100% of both the lectures and the seminars during the term. So, arriving today at about 8:00, I entered a crowded lobby at FSEGA. Maybe there really are the reported 15,000 students enrolled at this faculty. Maybe we see half of them only during this final week of each semester.
Several pedagogical observations follow:
- by making the final the whole grade, teachers are relieved of taking attendance,
- of grading any student papers or written work during the term,
- of grading a midterm exam, and
- of keeping records of those mid-course learning activities.
- Students, on the other hand, are relieved of doing any formal writing, and
- are free to work full time while enrolled in University.