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Go: Final exams in May!

The bright Monday of 4 May shines with many university students talking about exams tips, notes for revision, auto-message on MSN, appearing off-line, and sending best wishes for exams.

At the university, the desks and necessary room arrangements have been made to permit students sit for their finals, under exams conditions. No doubt, most of us are in the following situation:

During this crucial time period, students will be expected to give the best of themselves. The time will come when we will be handed the exam papers and either we smile at them or the paper smile at us, sarcastically!

Our greatest lethal weapon in the examinations room:

Some quotes from the University of Mauritius, examinations policy:

Before Examination

(a)        Requests from students, suffering from physical disability or otherwise, for additional time during examination, should be lodged in writing to the Dean of Faculty/Director of Centre, who will submit same for consideration and approval to the relevant Faculty/Centre/Cluster       Board and Senate provided such requests are supported by valid medical certificates. Such        requests should be submitted at latest two(2) weeks prior to the start of examinations.

(c)        Students shall be responsible for noting correctly the times and places of their examinations.  No special arrangements shall be made for students who fail to attend examination at the proper time, if such failure is due to their mistake or inadvertance and not to illness or other serious and unavoidable cause.

(ii)        During Examinations

Failure to comply shall be an offence liable to disciplinary       action. In case a student has forgotten his/her ID card he/she will be requested to fill a form    and the invigilators will record same in the Examination Conduct Report.

Damn, bring your student ID!

(b)        Personal effects such as handbags or briefcases should be deposited, entirely at student’s     own risk, in the area(s) designated by the invigilator(s). Students are strongly advised not to         bring unnecessary personal effects or other sundry items to the examination room.

(c)        Students shall be admitted to the examination room in sufficient time to enable them to take their seats and secure the examination papers before the beginning of the examination.

(d)        Except in an emergency, a student may not leave the examination room within the first half             hour of the examination.

(e)        Students should not leave the examination room during the examination in any case without informing the invigilators.

(f)        A student who arrives at an examination room half an hour after the examination has begun shall be admitted provided no other candidate for the same examination has left the room.  If another student for the same examination has already left the room the late-comer shall not be admitted.

(g)        A student who is admitted to an examination after the official starting time thereof shall not be granted any additional time in which to complete the examination.

  1. Unauthorised            materials or information must not be introduced into the examination room by any means            whatsoever.

(i)         No mobile phones or any other communication device should be in the possession of the     students during examinations; these should be switched off prior to storage.

(j)         Smoking is prohibited in examination rooms. No food should be brought into the examination rooms.

(k)        Students are forbidden to communicate with anyone except an invigilator during the examinations.

(l)         Answers to questions must be written legibly in blue or black ink.

(m)       If the use of calculators in an examination is authorised, such calculators shall be silent:

  • Calculators with facilities for storing and retrieving text, graphical calculators, personal organisers, dictionaries, thesauruses, language translators and computes, and other devices capable of communicating directly with other similar devices are not permitted in examinations.
  • Any Student found using an unauthorised calculator in an examination will be reported for breach of Examination Regulations. The device will be immediately confiscated and the University will be under no obligation to issue the student with a replacement device for the remainder of the examination.

(iii)       After Examinations

No answer book or supplementary sheet shall be taken out of the examination room.  A student in possession of any answer book or part of it, or a supplementary sheet (used or unused), shall be liable to disciplinary action.

Academic Dishonesty

I think we are mature enough to refrain from Academic dishonesty which are considered as serious offence in the academic world. If you are yet unfamiliar with the term, chapter 8 is to be read. Avoid cheating, especially if we have the dean of FOE sitting in the Disciplinary Committee!

Exams Best wishes

May God be with you for all the exams. Bon Courage and not Bonne Chance because through your hard work, you’ll not rely on Lady Luck but on the systematic, hard-toiled work carried out during the 30 academic weeks.

Aller prepare your weapons and heavy artillery well…….Happy Revision! 😀

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12 responses

  1. SADEK

    gud luck to all of you….
    from MWA…

    4 May, 2009 at 11:06 am

    • masala cowboy will ensure that the fans club roussi garaam masala during the exams! 😀

      4 May, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  2. Bring them on!

    4 May, 2009 at 4:45 pm

  3. the dean of FOE doesn’t make any student afraid.. you can ask any CSE student.. that time is gone when students were fearing him..

    Well best of luck guys.. revise, revise, and revise… bzw Man utd z best… 😛

    5 May, 2009 at 11:34 am

    • Hello Keenoo. Nice to see your comments !
      Hmm the dean has changed, no longer terrorising…that’s good news
      Red Devilzzzzzzzz rule

      5 May, 2009 at 4:11 pm

  4. lol i think all freshers should read this post . Exams are cool only if you are prepared for + at uom they have started to test rational thinking .. better than testin memory 😀

    7 May, 2009 at 11:30 am

      Yes, its good that for papers, you have to think and write sense in the answer booklet. If better than “vomitting” notes done by heart. Again you are at the university to come to learn to think, as most lecturers tell us. Rote learning won’t permit you to gain freedom.

      8 May, 2009 at 3:36 pm

  5. SADEK

    Quand mo ek zot, pena pou peur….
    lever piller massala cowboyz n cowgirlzz…
    roussi ek mentegue pure selma….pas immitation dilwil koko!

    7 May, 2009 at 11:56 am

  6. SADEK

    hey U, MC…
    arranz sa figir avatar la ene kou, do baboo….
    mette mo carosserie sanjay dutt ene coup , do bhaii…..
    to ena 1 modele lor to blog hedging MK….

    7 May, 2009 at 11:58 am

    • Create your profile on
      You can then set your global avatar image you want.
      Facile comme Bonjour! 😀
      bizin prepare pu roussi enkoir papier la: MARKETING MANAGEMENT!

      8 May, 2009 at 3:38 pm

  7. Pingback: Welcome to University of Mauritius, freshers 2010/2011 « :: Ashesh R – Blog ::

  8. and some hold valid arguments here, and i seoncd them. One thing i’d like to know is why uom swapped from a semester-based system to a yearly one? what’s the academic reason, if any, behind such a decision? Were students consulted, or at least probed in some way before imposing such a drastic decision on us?So let’s summarise, bulky bookish modules, barely any hands-on experience, 3 hour long exams papers with 2 combined modules which at times are not related at all (Java+ Soft Eng combo) and having to drag 1-year worth of so-called knowledge and spit it all out on our papers. And our performance being evaluated on our very capacity to spit same.We are entangled in a system that does not care about us. Call a university, I call it a course-dispensing machine.. The very way teaching is done has to be reviewed, course materials need to be more concise, updated and to the point (flush the bla-bla literature), Labs (pff,where do i start..!!). In short, teach us things we’ll use at work, teach us things we’ll WANT to learn or at least give us some taste to do what we do. En gros, l’Universitc3a9 de Maurice merite de se reinventer!!We sadly evolve in a tertiary environment ruled by despotic minds. I’d have written you pages on same had i been convinced that my words would somehow matter here.. But our arguments, however valid they may be, flatly fail to convince those at the top. May I humbly blame you, lecturers & management, for having allowed things to happen this way. You’re jeopardizing our future, think about it..PROPOSALS: 1. Revert to semester-based system, and that too asap. 2. Provide for resit papers 1 month after the 1st attempt 3. Trim down & review contents of modules + provide for hands-on practice (real practice like configuring a dummy server + working on it t implement whatever we need to..) 4. Don’t act like robots and show some humanity towards us. Talk to us, share a joke or a cigarette, the way things are at Chambre de Commerce & D’Industrie 5. Let’s do things together (like developing the CSE site, we could have helped and learnt too..) 6. Get us involved in your research work (at least the basic parts) 7. We know we are not as good or as performant as you would expect us to be, but please, we deserve a little share of respect too. Some lecturers make us feel like shit..(sorry for the harsh terms, but jst try to feel the frustration out here, sir. I (we?)however expect a reply from you nonetheless..)Respectfully Yours..Sundeepp.s: We’re NOT asking to be spoon-fed, we’re simply craving for opportunities..

    27 May, 2012 at 11:45 am

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