Professor slammed for not postponing exam for student in Myanmar amid military coupMarch 19, 2021
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A Canadian college is under fire after a student living in Myanmar during a violent military coup asked to postpone an exam — but was blown off by a professor, who mockingly asked if their internet “came down with COVID 19.”
York University officials have apologized after the unnamed pupil told the teacher that internet and cellular services were about to be cut amid the mutiny in the Asian nation, according to Canadian broadcaster CBC.
“May I please get a deferral?” the student asked, according to screenshots circulated widely online Thursday.
But the unsympathetic educator derided the request for leniency.
“Last chance, bad sign. Even the internet came down with COVID-19?” the instructor responded.
The student then explained further.
“The internet did not come down with [COVID-19]. There was a military coup where I am living and almost 200 protestors have been shot [as of] now. The regime has decided to shut off all communications by tomorrow,” they wrote.
As if responding to a student complaining of a head cold, the teacher then doubles down — warning they should worry about missing the test.
“Of course you should [worry]. The next time you miss something, it’s over,” the teacher responds.
“By the way, your remarks (both related to this course and to your home country) made me wonder how you understand reality,” the educator continues. “People don’t get shot for just protesting, but for a lot deeper reasons.”
A spokesman for the school insisted the exchange did not reflect the school’s values.
“York University is committed to upholding and promoting the values of respect, equity, diversity, and inclusion across our campuses and in our communication,” York University chief spokesperson Barbara Joy said in a statement.
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