ForIs Handwriting the Thing of the Past in the UK?

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent reports in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news summary, we speak about tuition weaver in Liberia and students’ dissatisfaction, Malaysian Prime Minister’s idea that Japan should set up more universities in the country and the UK universities that want to call time on handwriting.

Free tuition is not enough, say Liberian students

Even though Liberian President George Weah recently announced tuition weaver for all public universities, students are still not satisfied, reports the FPA. Before this decision was made, there was a controversy surrounding  the University of Liberia over an increase in tuition. On numerous occasions there were protests at the campuses of the university and President Weah hopes that his decision will ease the tension. Student Alvine Kennedy of Liberia Collage stated: ”There are still many things that need to be done silence the noise on campus, and if these things are done we will continue to engage the authority untill they are settled.” University of Liberia Students Union (ULSU), Edward Norman added: “We are the government for students on campus and one of the only ways we could get student listen to us was through the scholarships, be from the counties, from religious groups, political groups and many other scholarships we had have stopped.” Many believe that the main reason for President Weah’s decision was to end students’ politics on campus.

Malaysian Prime Minister encourages Japanese universities in the country

Malaysia Kini reports that Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohamed has expressed his desire for more Japanese universities in the country. At his commemorative speech where he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Tsukuba University, Dr. Mahatir stated: “We thought the best way is to have Japanese universities in Malaysia. We have been striving to get Japanese universities’ branches in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the law doesn’t allow them, for now… As you know, we have Australian and American universities in Malaysia, but no Japanese university.” He added that in that case, Malaysians could acquire not only practical knowledge but also Japanese work ethics and character.

Is handwriting the thing of the past in the UK?

The Sunday Times reports that rising number of students at the UK universities are writing their exams on computers. Furthermore, this move could signify the death of the pen-and-paper tests. Universities such as Cambridge, Edinburgh and Oxford are testing this move while adopting different policies. For instance, students at Cambridge and Oxford are not allowed to use the spell-check function during the exam.  Some professors expressed their worries by saying that this move could lead to ”the death of handwriting.” According to a survey conducted by the Heads of eLearning Forum, more than 60 per cent of universities have introuced ”e-exams” in one or two modules.

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