A wave of protests has swept through Algoma University in Brampton, Canada, as a group of international students, mostly from Punjab, expresses grievances over the mass failure of 130 students in a specific subject of their IT Graduation course. The students contend that despite passing in nine subjects and excelling in the practical exam for ‘Techniques of System Analyst,’ they deliberately failed in the theory paper for the same subject.
The protesting students argue that there is an unusually high failure rate in this particular subject, and some are retaking the course after facing failure. They demand that the university intervene and launch an inquiry into the conduct of the professor responsible for this subject. The primary demand is for a re-evaluation of the papers by a different professor.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting students, a spokesperson stated that they would continue their protest until the university agrees to a fair re-evaluation of the papers, preferably with the involvement of a different professor.
The protest has garnered support beyond the campus, with organizations like the Montreal Youth Students Organization joining the cause. The collective demand is for a thorough investigation into the grading practices of the professor involved in the subject in question.
In response to the allegations and protests, Algoma University issued a press statement acknowledging the concerns of the protesting students. The university assured that they have contacted every student raising issues about grades from the specific instructor. The Dean of Science is leading an urgent investigation into the matter, emphasizing the university’s commitment to academic integrity and ensuring fair assessments for each student.
The situation underscores the challenges faced by international students and the importance of addressing their concerns to maintain a conducive academic environment.