Lecturers had no idea students could hear them slagging their work off (Picture: Getty Images)
It’s everyone’s working from home nightmare, and people keep making the same mistake.
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, western Ireland, has apologised after two of its lecturers forgot to turn their mics off on Zoom and started tearing into the presentations they just heard.
Completely unaware that students could overhear them badmouthing their work, one tutor says: ‘I couldn’t take much more of them anyway, I was exhausted.
‘I thought I’d have to get a drill and start drilling my teeth, they were so painful to be listening to.’
One of the lecturers says: ‘I thought that f**king [name], I thought he’d never – and he’s sick, that lad – I didn’t like to, and eventually I said I have to do something, and he still didn’t stop.’
The pair were also heard speculating that there was ‘something wrong’ with a student.
One of them says: ‘Funny, I was thinking that. I was saying, before I make a decision on voice and body language, she was so slow speaking that I was wondering… I thought the very same thing – I thought I’d better check Access [student records] to see if she’s on the list some place for something.’
The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has apologised for the incident (Picture: Getty Images)
The conversation is understood to have taken place last week and was circulated on WhatsApp and Snapchat after a student recorded it, the Irish Times reports.
College president Dr Orla Flynn said: ‘I would like to wholeheartedly apologise to our students for the data breach that has caused such deep hurt and dismay.
‘GMIT is known as a student-centred institute and some of the comments made by our staff do not reflect the values to which we aspire.
‘We are taking the breaches of GMIT policies and data protection legislation very seriously. Apologies will be issued to the students directly concerned.’
It comes after Jeffrey Toobin was fired as a writer for the New Yorker after he allegedly masturbated in front of colleagues during a Zoom call, thinking he’d turned his camera off.
In April, Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething was overheard badmouthing assembly member for Cardiff Central Jenny Rathbone, asking ‘What the f*ck is the matter with her?’
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