Professor’s comments to student in Myanmar do not reflect the school’s values: York University

Written by MARTHA LEAN NANGALAMA

There is a story which has gone viral about a Professor in Canada about University students learning virtually. Apparently, a student in Myanmar / Burma who had to fly home when Canadian Universities went online…. told his professor that the student would likely not submit his assignments online because there was a military coup in his country where the student is in.  The Internet in that country is still blocked.

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Apparently, the Professor said “You should have prepared for that”. Something like that, anyway. We are still in shock that Yorku.ca has not fired that professor.

Are Canadian professors living in a bubble? There is a military coup in Myanmar for crying out loud. People are having a hard time getting Internet and millions have no electricity but you are sitting here in Toronto saying “You should have planned for it” to a kid of age 20 to 25 in a freaking Covid Pandemic. And you deserve your job?

No way. You should be fired. You do not only give a bad name to York University but you do it for Canada and you insult all of us who have ever attended school in Canada. Then, you denigrate military coups. Do you know what happens in a military coup? People die. People get shot dead. People suffer. https://globalnews.ca/news/7649965/myanmar-coup-sanctions-reaction/

Anyway, that young man is now famous in like Internet viral. He will get a better chance soon.

 

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A sign for Toronto’s York University is seen in this undated file photo.

Written by The Canadian Press

Published Friday, March 19, 2021 

TORONTO – York University says it has taken “appropriate actions” after insensitive emails allegedly sent by an instructor to a student were made public.

In the messages, posted on Reddit and Twitter, an unnamed student based in Myanmar asks for accommodations to be made for an upcoming exam because of the ongoing political violence in the southeast Asian country.

The student explains to the professor in one of the emails that they may not have access to the Internet as the leaders of a military coup in Myanmar are limiting access to communications.

The math instructor excuses the student from an assignment but warns that “the next time you miss something, it’s over.”

The professor then says he wonders if the student understands reality, adding “people don’t get shot for just protesting, but for a lot deeper reasons.”

York University did not immediately confirm the authenticity of the screenshots, but said in a statement that the math instructor’s comments do not reflect the school’s values of “respect, equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

York says that the faculty was able to make direct contact with the student in Myanmar and assure them that necessary accommodations would be granted.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 19, 2021.

Source: York University, Canada

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