WHY ARE EXAMINATIONS A NECESSARY EVIL?
When we talk about examinations, we begin to feel anxious and our hands sweat. In fact, examinations provide a sound guideline to every student who works in a systematic way. The results of examinations each year cause a lot of heartbreak to all those students who have failed; yet we must say that examinations are a necessary evil. Why is it so?
First of all, we must undergo examinations to obtain a certificate which is capital for our future and career. Examination in its broadest sense means the testing of knowledge and ability. Since our very young age, we go to school to study and to be educated. Then we have examinations about what we have learnt and I believe that examinations are essential at school levels as they show the results of the performance of both students and teachers.
Furthermore, success is the only motive which student aims at attaining. Examinations often create an atmosphere of competition among students. Without examinations students will not be motivated to study. They will not be serious in their studies and they will not have any reason to go to school. During examinations, everyone does his/her maximum to score higher marks than the others. Sometimes, even the least diligent student starts to revise seriously as the examinations draw near.
Concurrently, examinations are also important for the selection of brighter students to go and study abroad under the government scholarship schemes. Tertiary education costs an awful lot of money and not all students can afford such expenses. Higher studies depend also upon the responsibility of the students to succeed. Due to these factors, the government provides scholarship scheme which will enable students to pursue their higher studies, but only the brightest students will be eligible for the scholarship scheme after passing their examinations with flying colors.
Consequently, those who have not succeeded in their examinations become the dregs of society. They are left unemployed as if they have, never gone to school. The enormous tension, stress and pressure applied by parents on their children concerning examinations are the chief reasons for the rate of adolescent suicide.
Examinations are really the worst things that a student has to face. Examinations cause schooling to be a racecourse where those who win are glorified. The losers can’t be tolerated. This adversely affects youngsters who are continuously exposed to such a philosophy.
Infact, no one loves to have examinations but everyone is proud to come out of them successfully. We cannot thus eliminate them since they form part of the educational world of every student. Examinations still has its place in the education system and will continue to play a prominent role until someday somebody comes up with a better and more merciful mode of assessment.
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