Education is important, but good education is priceless. I had a few lecturers in university who didn\u2019t spoon-feed us and gave us plenty of space to learn. When we learned from these lecturers, we fully understood the topic and developed critical thinking skills. Sadly, education can be frustrating for some, thanks to lecturers who are not trained to teach. My boyfriend was subjected to poor teaching in college. To this day I am not sure how the college is still operating the way it is. The Lecturers Gave \u2018Exam Tips\u2019 Most of the lecturers did not teach. Instead, they read off the slides like students doing presentations in primary school. There was one semester when my boyfriend skipped most of his classes and attended only the review classes in the final two weeks. The lecturer gave a list of review questions and discussed the answers with the class. As usual, some of the students had questions. When they asked the lecturer to explain why the answers were that way, the lecturer just waved it off. \u201cDon\u2019t worry about it. You don\u2019t need to know. Just write this in the exams and you\u2019ll get your marks.\u201d I don\u2019t know about you, but I can\u2019t call that a proper education. They called it exam tips, but it was the actual exam papers. The exact questions from the review classes came out during the exam. All students had to do was attend the last couple of classes and they would pass the exams. I can tell you that the students who passed the classes (like my boyfriend) learnt nothing at all. Exam Scoring Systems Were Fishy He was particularly good at additional mathematics - the nightmare subject we went through for SPM. He had a classmate who took a 2-year break after SPM before this Diploma course. Understandably, said friend has forgotten everything - even basic algebra concepts. My boyfriend helped him with that. When the results came out for the finals, my boyfriend failed the exam, while his friend scored an A. Does that seem fishy to you? Of course, it\u2019s possible that he made plenty of careless mistakes. Perhaps the classmate managed to understand the lessons completely within that short duration. But that wasn\u2019t the case. You see, this subject\u2019s scoring system was 50:50, split between assignments and finals. Students were able to score well for their assignments, and so passing it wouldn\u2019t have been difficult. So how did my boyfriend fail this subject when he was doing well for his assignments? Well as it turns out\u2026 Students Were Failed According To Lecturers\u2019 Whims There was one dreaded sentence from the lecturer in that class. If the lecturer tells you, \u201cI\u2019ll see you in the next semester\u201d, then you won\u2019t need to waste your time with classes anymore. Score 100% for your assignments and revise all you want - your finals are going to be graded as a big, fat F. Like most universities, students are not allowed to review their final examination papers. It\u2019s up to the lecturers to recheck your papers so, you cannot call them out for your grades. The lecturer seemed to enjoy degrading her students too. She called her students failures, and I quote, \u201ca waste of your parent\u2019s money and time\u201d. Not exactly the best motivation for studying, isn\u2019t it? Some seniors have failed the same class several times, simply because they made the lecturer unhappy. Talk a little too much at the back of the class, skip one class too many, get caught texting your girlfriend in class, and somehow you will get that dreaded sentence. If the lecturer likes you, you won\u2019t need to worry. You\u2019ll pass with rainbow colours. Otherwise, you\u2019ll see her again. That subject had a passing rate of only 30% and somehow, no one saw anything wrong with that. He Decided to Call it Quits His senior went through the same experience. The senior talked to him. \u201cEveryone can see if you have a certificate, but they wouldn\u2019t know if you can do something. So, which one do you want? A paid certificate or some real skills?\u201d That senior gave him an added push to his decision later on. My boyfriend discovered that he wasn\u2019t learning jack shit from that college. He was there purely to pass time, write answers memorized from the review class, try not to make the lecturer fail him, and get that diploma he bought. He was one semester away from graduating, but he didn\u2019t want to graduate with no practical knowledge. He decided that enough was enough, and informed his parents about his decision. They understood, and he withdrew from the course. For over half a year afterwards, he continued to receive calls from the college informing him that his semester fees are overdue, that he should reschedule for the exam finals he missed, and that he has to resubmit the withdrawal form because they misplaced it. It was pure havoc. He Had No Regrets Withdrawing from the Course Now, he\u2019s two months away from graduating in another college. He\u2019s much happier, with lots of knowledge and applicable skills in his field of study. He also managed to network with individuals who provided him with good working opportunities and taught him new skills. A college diploma or a university may not amount to much after graduation, especially with most of us finding work outside our field of studies later on. Nevertheless, he didn\u2019t regret his decision leaving his old college for a better one. At least at his new college he was able to truly learn. For more articles about education, read It Took a Lot to Make Me Leave the Education Industry. Here\u2019s My Story, and 4 Ways Technology has Replaced Malaysia\u2019s Teachers.