This is hardly surprising to read, especially in Malaysia:
A UNIVERSITI Sains Islam Malaysia lecturer who passed only four out of 157 of her law students claims she was forced to resign so that the university could protect its reputation, Kosmo! reported.
Nor (not her real name) said the reason she left was because she could not stand the pressure from the university management on her to give “sympathy marks.”
Full report can be gotten from: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/4/16/nation/3700410&sec=nation
It is very common for students to be given ‘sympathy marks’ especially to raise the average mark of the batch in question. It is a ‘business’ decision, not one of justice (most of the time). Lower marks would mean either a low performance or a defective lecturer who does not know how to teach. Both reflect a university badly. So, you can guess what is the more common alternative which is opted by the majority of education institutions.