Saturday, August 4

Penalising people for doing good

This is what usually pisses me off. Its like the government and institutions tends to force you into boxes and anything outside the box will make you get into trouble. So many times I have personally faced this and have seen this with Kannu as well. I finished my research and the model worked brilliantly, wrote up the dissertation at Manchester in about 15 months and submitted the report which was 36 pages long. My professor was happy but the job worths said, no, it has to be 100k words long and you have to study for 3 years. Mumbled something about it cannot be a PhD if its less than 100k words and our funding stream will get screwed up if everybody started graduating early. Kannu’s education is another case in point, the public schooling system is simply unable to cater for people on either side of the probability distribution and he would get bored so many times. And so on and so forth.

Here’s another example: I quote:

A private German economics and business university is suing one of its students for lost income after he finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees in about a quarter of the normal time.

Marcel Pohl completed 60 examinations in 20 months, gaining a grade of 2.3, and was officially ex-matriculated in August 2011. Such a course usually takes 11 semesters, but he only needed three.
Now the Essen-based School of Economics and Management (FOM) want the 22-year-old to pay his fees up the end of 2011 - an extra €3,000.
"When I got the lawsuit, I thought it couldn't be true," Pohl, who now works for a bank in Frankfurt, told the Bild newspaper. "Performance is supposed to be worth something."
Pohl completed his turbo degree by dividing up all the simultaneous lectures with two friends and then swapping notes. At the same time, he completed an apprenticeship in a bank.
"We didn't get any freebies, and we agreed our plans in advance with the school," Pohl said.
"We're always against slow students," said his lawyer Bernhard Kraas. "But when someone hurries and finishes early, suddenly he has to pay. That can't be right."
But the FOM argues that its fees are the total price for the studies, independent of how long the studies last. But if that it is the case, it remains unclear why they are only calling for a part of the cost for 11 semesters.

Now I ask you, is this fair? From one perspective, I would have said ok, if you said that the degree is going to cost you say $100, irrespective of the length of time you take, then I am fine with you suing me. But guess what? you wont do that because if I take 10 years to do the degree, you will lose out, no? So there is an element of illogicality in this argument.


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