You would think professors would go out of their way to help out students in their classes.
Steve Kent, Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for Mount Pearl North, reacted to the CBC Newfoundland & Labrador news story, “MUN Prof Refuses to Wear Device for Hearing Disabled Student, Cites Religious Reasons” by saying,
This story is outrageous. Everyone deserves the right to learn. Thanks for speaking out, William Sears!
Now that William Sears (the student involved) has spoken out and “he and his father can get something done to prevent something similar from happening to someone else down the road,” what is the provincial government that funds Memorial University going to do to help Sears?
Panjabi . . . told CBC News in 1996 that her Hindu beliefs prevented her from wearing an assistive device that a student with a hearing impairment had asked her to use.
Panjabi was reprimanded in 1985 for a similar complaint.
Panjabi has refused fulfill the requirements of her position three times: in 2015, 1996 and 1985. It’s time to tell Panjabi, “three strikes and you’re out!” because, as Sears points out
“When she said she would not wear the FM system, it was effectively saying to me that ‘I will not teach you’ — because I need that FM system in order to hear the instructor.”
Enough already with religious accommodation. MUN’s motto is Provehito in Altum (“Launch forth into the deep“). It’s time to tell Professor Panjabi to go jump in the Atlantic Ocean.