By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 18 August 2016:
A group of law students at the university in Gharyan who did badly in their exams set fire to the faculty registrar’s office yesterday, according to the Libyan news agency LANA. The flames spread to adjacent offices, destroying them and their contents, and threatened to spread to other buildings before being extinguished by the local fire brigade.
The head of the faculty’s administration has launched an investigation to identify the culprits.
There has been an expectation of automatic success in exams in Libya as a result of the former regime allowing students to pass regardless of their abilities or performance. University authorities are no longer willing to accept this since the revolution, although there continues to be allegations of teachers passing students either in return for bribes or because they have been theatened.
There remains, nonetheless, a view that if a student does not do well in exams, it is the fault of the teachers, not the student.