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PUBLISHED: 15:48 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

AN AWARD-WINNING author and lecturer caused outrage when he revealed he gives each pupil the same mark. And the number is 71 per cent.

AN AWARD-WINNING author and lecturer caused outrage when he revealed he gives each pupil the same mark.

And the number is 71 per cent.

This is what Bromley boy Hanif Kureishi said he gave to all his pupils on Kingston University's creative writing course.

The research fellow said he gave all his pupils distinctions regardless of the work they produce.

He said: "The fantasy is that all the students will become successful writers - and no one will disabuse them of that.

"When you use the word 'creative' and the word 'course' there is something deceptive about it.

"I always give people the same mark - 71 per cent. How can you mark creative writing?

"One of the things you notice is that when you switch on the television and a student has gone mad with a machine gun on a campus in America, it's always a writing student.

"The writing courses, particularly when they have the word creative in them, are the new mental hospitals. But the people are nice."

Dr David Rogers, head of the school of humanities, said: "Hanif Kureishi was employed for his thought-provoking, inspirational contribution which he provides through masterclasses and MA supervision. Mr Kureishi marked four pieces of work last year, all of which were also marked by experienced academic staff at the university, and audited by external examiners. The final marks indicated a range of student achievement.

"Graduates from the course have already gone on to win poetry competitions and to publish novels and travel writing.

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