Some 25% of hbo college lecturers have felt pressure to give students better grades than they deserve and almost half of them have actually done so, according to a survey by the AOb teaching union and Nos television.
Some 500 hbo college lecturers took part in the survey.
Pressure from parents and management and the feeling that ‘after seven years they should get a diploma’ all led teachers to give students pass marks for substandard work, the survey showed.
In addition, the pressure of work and increased bureaucracy means lecturers have less time to read students’ papers and keep their own knowledge base up to date.
One third of the lecturers who completed the survey said they are unhappy with the performance of college management.
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