SINGAPORE – First, their exam scripts were lost. Then came the possibility they would have only a short time to prepare to re-sit it.
But that fear – as 31 students from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) have discovered – was unfounded. They have been given a date extension to retake the multiple-choice-question (MCQ) paper next month.
The school will conduct the re-test on Jan 19 next year instead of Dec 18 which was two weeks ago.
On Nov 30, the students were told their scripts had been lost and no explanation was given as to how it had happened.
It is believed that those affected by the missing scripts – which MDIS had previously attributed to an "administrative lapse" – are full-time final-year students, the majority of whom are foreigners.
When contacted, an MDIS spokesperson said that officials have met up with the students and they have agreed on the new date.
The spokesperson added: "The students are happy and satisfied with the Institute’s efforts in addressing their concerns."
Previously, MDIS told the students that Oklahoma City University (OCU) – its partner university in the Mass Communications Programme – had advised the private school that candidates should re-take the paper or it would be difficult for the university to assess and award marks for the MCQ component.
One relieved student said he and his classmates had spent nine days in September preparing for the paper under the guidance of OCU lecturers.
Students were also worried that they would have too little time to prepare for the re-exam, since they also had to go through other courses at that time.
But MediaCorp understands that they will only sit for the MCQ paper after they have completed their current module.
"This is definitely good news as we will be able to concentrate on our current subjects before re-sitting for the MCQ test," said another student, 20. Zul Othman