GħSL Release Strongly Worded Statement Following False Claims By University Press Release 😲 🤔
GħSL, the Malta Law Students’ Society, have had quite a big issue with a recent press release issued by the University of Malta.
GħSL have explained in their official statement (summarised below) that many points made by the University’s press release are either misleading or completely wrong. The following are their corrections.
1) Take-home Exams vs Take-home Assignments 🤨
GħSL have asked each of its class representatives to gather a list of all the subjects that will be assessed during the June Examinations. As things stand, the decision by the different Heads of Department within the Faculty Board is as follows:
This means that in their statement, the Faculty have failed to inform the students about the method of assessment for all study-units prior to the 17th of April deadline established by the University of Malta Senate.
2) "The assertion that no formal vote was asked to be taken during the Faculty Board Meeting is also untrue"
Representatives from the Faculty Board & the 3 law student organisations on campus were present during the Faculty Board Meeting. Prior to voting, the representatives had stressed that based on the data gathered, the sheer majority of law students favoured assignments as a mode of assessment. When the vote was being taken, and the votes of the Faculty Board Members were registered, the meeting was terminated abruptly before the student representatives could even formally register their vote.
It is also not factually true that "no one asked for a formal vote," as student representatives inquired about this both prior, as well as subsequent to the meeting. Either way, this couldn’t have been done during the meeting itself as the meeting was ended abruptly. Although it is true that student representatives were given sufficient time to make their cases, no sufficient solution was given for the issues they raised.
3) "Lastly, it is an indisputable fact that certain Departments have not been able to, as of yet, deliver lectures in a consistent manner"
This is not a universal problem, however, the Faculty cannot negate the fact that in certain study-units, the schedule of lectures given was haphazard, sporadic and inconsistent. The timetables are not updated in a way to keep up with the erratic manner in which some lectures are being held.
Although the Faculty has been mostly uncooperative in this aspect, there have been some lecturers who have been considerate. Nevertheless, the systemic failings are very pertinent and outweigh the individual good.
For example: In one specific year, at least 20 lectures have been missed by the respective tutors since the closure of UOM. As of yet, there seems to be no indication of how the lecturers will be able to make up for these missed lectures. For certain study-units, online lectures only commenced as late as the 24th of March, and the number of lectures held during the Easter Holidays was too far and between to be used as any sort of justification.