Sexually explicit Nust exam sparks public outcry


By Auxilia Katongomara

A recent National University of Science and Technology Journalism Studies examination paper has resulted in a public outcry over language deemed to be too “explicit and sexually suggestive”.

Felix Moyo,

An excerpt from the Fundamentals of Film and Video Production paper has gone viral with some people questioning the rationale behind the type of questioning in it.

The paper also raised questions on the extent of academic freedom with some arguing that it was too explicit for the students. Part of the question paper demanded that the students produce a storyboard.

Storyboards are graphics or diagrams depicting interpretation of the text or action contained in the text.

One of the scenes reads “Fred decides to investigate. He gets into Chantelle’s yard. He tip-toes and when he gets to Chantelle’s window he hears Chantelle mourning with pleasure…”

The language used in others is unsuitable for printing in a family newspaper like The Chronicle.

Veteran journalist Brezhnev Malaba described the lecturer behind the questions as an imbecile.

“The Nust lecturer who set this Journalism Exam paper is either imbecilic or suicidal, or both. He’s been watching too much porn, evidently,” tweeted Malaba.

Thulani Tshabangu tweeted: “Very much perverted, a sex pest. Such must not be allowed anywhere near the lecture room”.

Sheperd Mpofu tweeted: “The question was draw a storyboard. In a way draw people in action”.

Prinx Sunduzani defended the lecturer, saying he was doing his job.

“The lecturer has a right to academic freedom and can teach his students whatever he wants. Don’t insult someone for doing his job, “he tweeted.

A parent who visited The Chronicle newsroom on Wednesday armed with a copy of the controversial examination paper said she did not understand the rationale behind it.

“There must be a line between academic and social. Are we taking our children to be groomed to be pornographic addicts?” fumed the parent who identified herself as Mrs Sibanda.

Nust spokesperson Mr Felix Moyo said such scenes are very normal in film studies and there was nothing extraordinary about the script. “If you look at the things that people watch on their social media, the films that people watch and everything that personally as a communicologist of more than 20 years, I didn’t see anything pornographic about it. If there was any pornography it existed in the minds of the readers,” said Mr Moyo.

“We cannot teach our students less than what they should be taught and we cannot be afraid of examining them in a manner that will show that they understood the concept taught to them.”

Mr Moyo said pieces of art always draw different interpretations.

“Pieces of art are always at the judgment of the one appreciating them. Otherwise society is not complete if you are afraid of talking about certain common activities within society.

“If you create a scenario using words without using pornographic words it’s within the limit, yes close to the line but it’s still within the limit. That exam paper was sent to our external examiners who moderated it and accepted it,” said Mr Moyo.

Some Journalism and Media Studies students defended the examination saying “people should move with the times”.

“We watched that film it’s called Intentions. When we saw the scene in the paper there was nothing unusual about it. We saw people tweeting about it and we were shocked because it’s part of the learning process,” said one student who declined to be named.

Another student said the particular film had several reality discourses such as HIV and Aids, issues to do with sex and that particular scene was part of that.

“We are very cool about it. There is nothing extraordinary about it,” said the student. The Chronicle

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  • Shame it was not an exam paper. It was a film.

  • @ChronicleZim @DysonMurwira @PrinceNkosy102 One parent can be “public”? journalism ethics in the drain! #ChronicleBeEthical

  • In sum countries students are given allowances to go to school bt in rich country like zimbabwe as bob said they hv to make ends meet

  • SHAME SHAME SHAME (RELOADED)

    one thing will remain……..NUST WILL forever produce the best jounalists in the country……thats without a doubt………but GZU is following

  • Marufu Chihwandire

    It’s called academic freedom. Do you want half backed film makers? The answer is no.

  • lecturer is good. hapana zvinonyadzisira

  • Fox

    So whats wrong with the content if the course is about film? That is what the course is about morons. Daily you watch American soaps with exactly what is described here and yet you don’t want the same journalists who are likely to produce such content to learn such? People who are college drop outs are always a problem, trying to flash the moral card anywhere and everywhere.

  • @ChronicleZim The paper tht has bn circulating for the past 2weeks is wat u stl call “news”? Wat happ… https://t.co/iIz6Y2lrPJ

  • ya zimbos re becoming too crazy big time even sxool dropouts re commenting on an academic paper and yu crazy parents just pay your tuition and let the lectures do their work

  • @ChronicleZim N thoz 2 pple u referred to as “public” simply nid sm1 to explain t them Fundamentals o… https://t.co/Yfq9k671IA

  • Fucknorris

    “The Nust lecturer who set this Journalism Exam paper is either
    imbecilic or suicidal, or both. He’s been watching too much porn,
    evidently,” tweeted Malaba.

    Thulani Tshabangu tweeted: “Very much perverted, a sex pest. Such must not be allowed anywhere near the lecture room”.

    hapana chinonyadzisira apo

  • A parent sends his child to university and wants to dictate the course content at the university. OMG

  • makaita hove

    haiwa tsvagai mabasa, inyaya iyoyo?

  • ummmmm l guess aaaahh l didn’t quite get why the protagonist was moaning with pleasure….. maybe admin you need to shed more light on this….provide us with more text from the academic paper.

  • Mina Makoti

    What does parent know about teaching/learning about film? Which “public” did the parent represent?
    In this day and age, maJourno you expect film dzaana Mataka dzeku Southern Rhodesi!

  • “Fred decides to investigate. He gets into Chantelle’s yard. He tip-toes and when he gets to Chantelle’s window he hears Chantelle mourning with pleasure…” she was eating chocolate cake

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