NUS: We're sorry for this fiasco

More than 700 students from the National University of Singapore's Business School showed up on Saturday for an examination that never was.

In what some students have described as a major embarrassment, the mid-year exam paper had to be cancelled on the spot.

The Managerial Economics paper, scheduled for 2pm at the university's Multi-Purpose Sports Hall 1, could not proceed when it was discovered that more than 200 exam scripts had gone missing.

Some students said they were told yesterday that the exam may have been compromised, and some scripts which were already distributed had gone missing.

Some students are now unhappy with the manner in which the final score will now be tabulated.

As the exam, which would have carried 30 per cent of the total score, was cancelled, students were told that the marks would be redistributed to other parts of the paper.

Assignments and presentations, which were to carry 15 per cent each, will now be worth 25 per cent each, and the final examination will be scored at 50 per cent instead of the original 40 per cent.

Some students of the "breadth module", which means that it can also be taken by students from other faculties, spoke to The New Paper yesterday on condition of anonymity.

A student, upset by how the situation was handled, said: "We were first told that the examination was postponed by an hour and told to report back.

"But 15 minutes after most of the students left, there was an announcement that the examination was actually cancelled.

"You could see students frantically calling their friends to inform them of the change. It certainly could have been better handled."

Another student, who is not from the NUS Business School, said that she was shocked to find out about the shortage of scripts.

"It is an embarrassment for NUS - that a world-class university cannot organise an examination properly," she said.

She also felt the security at the exam hall was lax. Students coming in for a paper were allegedly mingling with those who had just finished theirs and were leaving.

"So when I heard from a friend today that the papers could have been stolen, I was not surprised."

Students also told The New Paper that they were informed by a lecturer yesterday that after the shortfall of more than 200 scripts was discovered, the students were told to wait outside the exam hall. But in the process, some managed to enter the hall and later, some scripts were found missing.

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