I know you have two degrees, a Master’s degree, and a Ph.D. I understand, you have scaled the heights of education and you embody the tower of Babel. Throughout my university life, I have met lecturers who have impacted my life positively and greatly. Then I met you in my last semester, and unfortunately, my experience under your tutorship inspired me to do is write this note.
So tell me, Prof, why did I get a C yet the records clearly show I deserve an A? Is it because my name starts with a C? Or is it because my middle name sounds queer to your ears and that my last name doesn’t sit well on your lips? Tell me, were my tops never low enough for you to get a glimpse? Is it that my jeans were never tight enough for your liking? Could it be that I missed points for not participating in your extra-curricular activities? Or is that I challenged you too much or too little in class?
Whatever the case Prof, please don’t tie your emotions to grading. Don’t let your beliefs influence your grading. If you are a philanderer and a misogynist, this is not the platform to act out your psychological shortcomings. Instead, I encourage that you base your decisions on facts. Add up the grades, numbers don’t lie.
There is nothing demotivating like working hard only to get disappointing results. I am sure you don’t know this considering the good lecturers who gave you what you earned. If students who deserve an A get a C while those who deserve a C get an A, aren’t you diminishing the value of education? If you gamble with grades, then what is the point of a University education? Aren’t you demonstrating that a degree is not legit?
For your information Prof, I did not spend sleepless nights to get a C. Next time before failing a student who deserves a better grade, think about this: They sat through your dull lectures missing out on many family meetings, weddings, and parties to study for your class.
A word of advice. It is important for a Professor to be impartial and mindful of a student’s efforts.
This article was written by a Capital Campus Correspondent Carolyne Mutisya.