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Essay On Public Examination At School Level Should Be Abolished

As a long time teacher at several levels of education, it would be lovely to have the students come to class for the sake of learning.  To know that the students were there because they desired to gain all of the knowledge that you had to offer them would be the best of all worlds for both teacher and students. 

Unfortunately in America at least, this is not the case.  In high school, a good...

As a long time teacher at several levels of education, it would be lovely to have the students come to class for the sake of learning.  To know that the students were there because they desired to gain all of the knowledge that you had to offer them would be the best of all worlds for both teacher and students. 

Unfortunately in America at least, this is not the case.  In high school, a good per centage of the students go to class because they are made to go by officials and parents. Their purpose there is to get a grade and move on.  If a student likes a particular subject,  he may work and learn for the sake of learning. However, this does not always happen when the student likes the material. 

At the college level where students have to pay for classes, expectations might be different.  This is not the case; in fact, many times the student just wants to eek by with a "c" and survive the course.  

What is my point? If you do not have some kind of examination to gauge the learning of a student and to force him to study, he more often then not will do nothing in the class. 

Having been in classes where the professor only required attendance to complete the class, students slept and sneaked out of the class. Nothing was learned or accomplished. 

I wish it were possible to do without tests, but unless something changes, they will be required. 

“Public exams should be abolished. Do you agree?”
Public examinations play an important role in a student’s life in Malaysia. In his eleven years of schooling, a student has to sit for three major public examinations, the UPSR, PMR and SPM. These examinations are taken seriously by all parties involved, especially students because the results are used for a wide range of purposes ranging from placement of students to awarding of scholarships. Despite these advantages, I strongly believe that public examinations should be abolished as they have several drawbacks.
To begin with, public examinations to some extent merely test a student’s ability to memorise and regurgitate facts. Bloom’s taxonomy of learning ranks these skills as lower order thinking skills. Higher order thinking skills such as application and inference are often neglected. Students with excellent memory do well in such examinations while those with poor memorising skills do poorly. Thus, it is not surprising that many students with poor recall skills loathe subjects like History and Biology. Another case in point is the Moral Education paper, which requires students to memorise moral values. This is not a valid test as it tests only a student’s knowledge of values, not the practice of these values. An A in this paper does not guarantee that the student is a morally sound and virtuous individual. And what about the student who gets an E? Are we suggesting that he is not a morally upright individual?
Another reason why I am not in favour of public examinations is that they are not the best way to identify a student’s strengths or weaknesses. This is because these examinations test only certain skills. Allow me to illustrate my point. The language papers, for example, test a student’s reading and writing skills only and even so, the range of sub-skills tested is limited. An A in these subjects does not reflect a student’s competency in all areas of the language. For all you know, he may be an...

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