One of the challenges students in higher institutions face is meeting no-nonsense lecturers. These lecturers are always scary. Sometimes, they always wear a stern and fierce gaze. Even when they manage to smile, you will notice the seriousness in their faces.
The likes of these lecturers are called sadist by students. They are named so because of their threatening countenance whenever they are in class. They are the ones that boast of giving A’s to no one in their courses. They count their achievements on the mass failure of their students every year, and they are thus hated for being stingy with marks.
An anonymous undergraduate student reported the story of one lecturer in her department who has achieved tremendously by failing over 70% of students that take his course every session.
In her statement, she said this man once failed his own son and the later had to retake the course. She said that in the man’s classes, he would beat his chest and say that no one can have A in his course. Bloody sadist! The worst case scenario, she reported that the man’s questions will be answered serially and his questions always have “pikin” (children).
Funnily enough, the likes of these lecturers are the ones who graduated with third-class degree or nearly sailed through third class with a poor second-class lower degree. Thus, they believe that no student can have A in their course, and therefore fail their students.
Nonetheless, we should not shut our eyes on the part of the students too. However hard the questions of these sadist lecturers may be, there are always few students who have A’s in their courses.
So, the point I want to stress here is that some students who fail the courses of these sadist lectures should be, actually, be held responsible for their failure too. Why? Poor preparation.
All in all, it is appalling that a sadist lecturer is not usually apportioned blame for students’ mass failure, even if he is the cause. Or have you seen one? This should tell you that there are still some stuff we’ve not got right in our educational system.
In my own opinion, lecturers should be summoned whenever a mass failure occurs. Failure is not to be counted as achievement. It is a woeful tale. In other words, if the lecturers are subjected to investigation over mass failure, I believe this will curb the sadist tendencies of the so-called sadist lecturers.
Have you been failed by a sadist lecturer? Tell us your story in the comment box.