Yesterday was completely different from what I was expecting. I was happy that I had passed but not as happy as I should have been. It wasn’t about not getting the grade that I was expecting because I got over that quickly. What was sad yesterday was the number of people that failed.
There are figures flying about so mine may not be as accurate but out of around 6000 students just above 2100 students passed. Basically, two thirds of the law students who took the exams did not pass. There was something I read on twitter along the lines of “How can you be happy when your friends have not passed”. I can’t remember the exact words.
From looking online and what students have been hearing for years, this is not new. This has been the situation in the previous years. I was told that this has been the worst but I’m not sure how correct that is.
When I was panicking about the results, I came to a decision: “If I should fail, I’ll continue with NYSC and do the resit examination”. Interestingly enough, on the day that the results were meant to come out, I became calm and the feeling that I had passed took over. When I found out I passed, I was relieved. That relief was shortlived. Most of my friends passed but I have a few that didn’t. It’s sad.
There were people that I thought would get first class that didn’t. There were people who put their all into reading for the exams and read so hard that didn’t pass. There were a lot of people who thought that they were going to do better, however, the grading system brought them down. Unlike the usual way, a student’s lowest score is the result they end up with. For example, there are five courses. If in four of them 60% is achieved and in the last one 40% is achieved, then the overall mark is a Pass (40%). It’s a bit harsh. These exams have turned everyone upside down.
I hope that those that didn’t pass don’t feel like there is no hope and this is not the end. There are options such as NYSC. I read a great blog post where Afollypeprempe writes about what one can do when they find themselves in such a situation. I don’t know how receptive I would be if my results had been the reverse but I like the way that Afollypeprempe broke it down.
Good luck to everyone who didn’t pass. I pray your resit examination will be successful. To those that didn’t do as well as they wanted, don’t let it stop you.