Teachers here are no different than a pack of hound dogs left loose to literally hound their students. There is no check and balance on their activities – they do whatever they please, however they please. Course outlines, decided by a so-called ‘Academic Council,’ are barely followed and rarely covered. Assignments are a farce, as are the labs, and learning is scarce.
Plagiarism is once such concept that is strictly ‘enforced’ here at TIP according to our prospectus and every single course outline. And at the beginning of each semester, most teachers summarily state that plagiarism is unacceptable. But by the end of the semester most students submit assignments and give presentations that they acquired from senior students or from other colleges, which are then duly accepted by teachers and given wonderful results. I’m sitting in the computer lab as a type this, and I see three design students (TD2) scan whole chapters from various books, OCR them, and prepare to submit them as “original assignments.” A presentation-cum-assignment I once made, I have seen submitted by different students to 5 different teachers. Some assignments in particular have been doing the ’rounds’ ever since I came to TIP.
Don’t teachers see this? Can they not identify when a student has plagiarized; copy-pasted of the internet, scanned from a magazine or book, or copied from another student’s assignment? Just this semester for a particular course I took, there were probably no more than three “different” assignments shared between 41 students and submitted to the same teacher – and with surety I can say that each of these “different” assignments are lifted from some other source.
I wouldn’t blame the students, they’re only working the loopholes in the university’s system. The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the administration who apparently doesn’t check on the activities of their faculty. Its time to put a leash to these hounds.