I read your report on the abolishment of the 15-minutes grace period with great interest.
As a student who lives a good 90 minutes away, I was, quite frankly, outraged when I heard that students would be marked absent should they be even a minute late.
After all, being late should not automatically vilify one as being lazy, irresponsible or having a bad attitude. There are multiple other reasons that can affect one’s lack of punctuality, with unpredictable traffic conditions coming to mind.
Since these circumstances are usually out of a student’s control, I did not think it was fair for NP to be so unrelenting in its stance.
However, the interview with the principal struck a chord with me, as it gave the very valid reason of disruptiveness being a key reason. I have in fact on more than one occasion wished that class could begin more productively.
I am also comforted in the knowledge that cases will be judged on a case-by-case basis, as stated by a majority of all lecturers in the article. That way, at least those who face genuine problems in being on time will not be punished without first being able to explain their situation.
School of Engineering
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