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SBE: Too many holidays, period five extended by a week

MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics (SBE) wants to extend period five as of next year by one week. This is necessary, because due to all the holidays during that period, too much education is lost and the seven intensive contact hours per week are not feasible. The academic staff (academic staff) fear an increase of workpressure.

Due to the many public holidays (including King's Day, Liberation Day, Ascension Day, etc.) in period five, it is not possible to comply with the quality agreements - the agreement about the use of the money that came free because of the abolition of the basic student grant, said Mark Vluggen, program director of the bachelor's programs, against the Faculty Council last Monday. That is why period five will be extended and the exam week will be postponed by one week, so that it coincides with the resits in period four. The length of the academic year of SBE remains the same. Not an ideal solution, admits Vluggen. "But it is the only option."

For teachers, the shift means an increase in workload. They will only have ten days instead of the normal fifteen to grade the test. Vluggen: "Students must receive their grades in time so that, if necessary, they can register for the resit."

Marc van Ekert, academic staff member and block coordinator of a skills course in period six, understands the situation, but is nonetheless “not a big fan” of the plan. “Not as a teacher, but also not as a block coordinator. Time is needed for preparation and the first week of such a course is very busy while you also have to check tests. "

The faculty, SBE board member Wilko Letterie promised, will ensure that the labor-intensive exams - which involve a lot of marking work such as papers and exams with open questions - are scheduled early in the test week.

The plan is not final yet: the F council has yet to issue an official advice on it and the university council must approve it.

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