Exemption policy change unpopular
December 8, 2010
Filed under Opinion
The talk of the school right now is the policy to exempt yourself from spring final exams.
The exemption policy in the past limited you to five absences the first semester and four the second. The old policy also did not require students to be present on review days for final exams, as long as the attendance requirement was met.
Since the policy change, the limit has changed to four absences the first semester and three the second, and now requires students to be present on review days in order to be exempt from their exam.
This change has put a lot of pressure on those who are already teetering on their fourth absence this semester. Those who have missed five days this semester, thinking that the policy was the same as last year, have unknowingly botched their exemptions.
Some argue that this new change is unfair and is just adding to the seemingly relentless number of unpopular changes that have been piling up this year.
Since this policy will cause more students to be forced to take their final exams, the chance of the exams hurting students’ overall averages will increase dramatically.
Because of this, the new changes in exemption policy are clearly aimed, not toward the best interest of the students, but in the direction of the increased amount of money Tomball High School will receive because of the extra days that students will be forced to come to school.
Which students are these changes hurting the most? The ones that try, the ones that are making the grades and are now more susceptible to having to take their finals because of one-too-many missed days.