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Issue with 2019 Power System 4

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Oct/Nov 2019 Exam

  • We were given exam scope before writing this paper.
  • We felt the assignments were not marked correctly.
  • The paper was closed book exam instead of open book exam.
  • No communication to the students that the exam would be a closed book exam.
  • This exam was very simple. If it had been an open book exam, almost every student would have passed gallantly.

Issue with Oct/Nov 2019 Exam

  • Some invigilators at the exam venues insisted that the exam is a closed book exam based on the instruction on the question paper.
  • Some exam centres wrote a closed book exam while some wrote an open book exam.

Action Taken By Student

  • Students escalated this issue to respective stakeholders.

Feedback from UNISA

  • UNISA gave feedback to nullify the Oct/Nov Exam because it was not a fair exam.
  • UNISA asked students to prepare for another exam in Jan/Feb.

Impact of UNISA’s feedback on Students

  • This affected some students psychologically because they believed they were done with exam.
  • Some students could not enjoy their holidays with their loved ones as they must prepare again for exam that should have been bygone.

Jan/Feb 2020 Exam

  • This exam is one of the most tedious exams with less time to complete the paper.
  • A lot of students were not happy after writing this exam and, we felt cheated because this would not have occurred if the first paper was an open one.

Issue with Jan/Feb 2020 Exam

  • No new exam scope as some students relied heavily on previous exam scope while preparing for exam.
  • Our year scores/assignment score was not reckoned with.
  • We felt our exam scripts were not properly marked because the exam scores are very low.
  • The questions are much.
  • Exam was tedious compare to other power system past papers.


  • Almost all the student failed the exam.

Other Comments

  • This exam is not a supplementary exam though it was written during supplementary exam period.
  • Our assignment scores should also be considered.
  • Any students that qualify for supplementary can now do their supplementary exam.
  • F1 concession students should be considered for concession.


Having said these, we plead with all stakeholders to help use their good offices to revert these scores and look into this issue with leniency so that we can pass this module because if everything has been right with Oct/Nov exam, more than half of the class might pass with distinction because it was based on scope and simple.

The chance to pass this module gallantly was taken away from us, because, UNISA made the Oct/Nov exam a closed exam without prior communication and the provided option (Jan/Feb) was not a good one for us because almost everybody failed.

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