Marta returned at the end of the class and Mr. X asked what happened. Marta explained that she was failing health due to excessive absence (she had not been in class more than 10 times the entire semester) but could pass and graduate if she attended the two hour after school classes all week and made up 10 hours. It seemed like a good deal. Ten hours for a whole terms work. The only problem was Marta had already missed the first two hours. The counselor told her not to worry. She could do something to make up the make up work she missed.
Marta will probably do something to make up the work. Maybe she will hand in a project her friend did. Maybe she will download a paper from the Internet. Maybe she will just smile nice, who knows. But, Marta will graduate. The school needs to keep those stats up.
So, armed with a meaningless diploma, Marta will head off to college. She will expect the same experience and will be crushed. Another young person has been sent into the world to fail.