EXAMS! ‘Exams’ is the word that most students fear off. Exam is a part of school life that all students have to go through. There are advantages of having exams in school. But there are people who think that exams give more disadvantages to the students than advantages. Some people say that exams should be abolished because they encourage cramming, I believe that they should not be abolished because exams are the only way for teachers to get feedback from their students, build high moral standards of discipline and give pressure that will be later useful in their life.
The approach of present examination systems means the beginning of fear, tension, anxiety and stress in the minds of the students under which if a student doesn’t perform according to his/her parents expectations may lead to students even taking the extreme step of ending their life by doing suicide. The pressure of performing well is so much that if the student has not studied up to the required standards, he/she even sometimes uses unfair means in the examination hall to copy from a near sitting intelligent student and get good marks.
Some people also think that exams are not a reliable test of gauging the ability of the students as luck plays a major role. The board examination system encourages cramming, unnecessary expenditure on help-books and also encourages private tuition, which has resulted in mushrooming of a large number of tuition shops in every city and even small towns by inexperienced people. The board examination system doesn’t specify the exact criteria for how the marks are given to students. It is impossible to test every aspect of a subject within the short exam time. Even though, exam causes pressure to the students, the exams should not be abolished.
This is because if we look at it from the positive side there are some good values in the pressure given by them. The board examination system has its own benefits. Exams make students better at the subject. The content tested in board exams is random, so students study each and everything in detail. They help the teacher to know what material the students have not mastered and need to study further. They give students important practice in dealing with stress, which can help on later with life’s challenges. It’s like a self-test to see where we are and how good we fare in something that we do.
The purpose of exam has always been a test to let us, human beings, to know our limits and standards. Frankly speaking, who can put his/her hand on their heart and say that they would have learned the lessons regarding different subjects themselves if the present examination system was not there? I guess no one. As of now there is no panacea for all the ills of the present board examination and hence it cannot be done away with it. However there is an urgent need for making them more objective and humane so that they can achieve the purpose for which they are intended.