What a student dreads most is the examination, especially the promotion examination, for on it depends his promotion to the next higher class. The students work hard when the examinations are near. They stop taking part in games and sports. They rush to the public parks to study and spend long hours there. Their chief aim is to score success in the examination. And when they succeed, what a joy it is to them as well as to their relatives! Parents are pleased. Their near and dear ones congratulate them.
Their chief aim is to score success in the examination. And when they succeed, what a joy it is to them as well as to their relatives! Parents are pleased. Their near and dear ones congratulate them.
Examinations are said to be an evil. It is said they are mighty blood-suckers. Students cannot sleep properly. They grow pale. Some fall ill due to over work. But this is not all true. Examinations are dreaded only by those who have wasted their time in playing or gossiping. The approach of the examination brings them to their senses. They start working. They hope that they might still mug up a few selected questions and succeed if they are lucky.
Examinations may be an evil but they are a necessary evil. They are, indeed a necessity. There is no other way to judge the ability of the student except by seeing his performance in the examination. They make the students works harder. They create in them a sense of responsibility. They arouse in them a spirit of healthy competition. Boys and girls work hard to top the list of successful candidates. They become serious. They work hard to get good marks. Students appearing in the senior certificate, i.e., twelfth standard examination, work very hard because it is on the result of this examination that their future life depends.
It is argued sometimes that examinations are useless because they are not a sure test of one’s ability. Luck plays a major role and there are many surprises when die result is out. Good and intelligent students sometimes fail while those who had mugged up a few questions score success. The paper setters set the papers carelessly. Examiners, too, do not read the papers thoroughly. Again the standard of marking is not uniform; it differs from person to person. Some examiners are strict; others are very lenient. There is some truth in all this. But it does not mean that the examinations are to be condemned outright. Only the method needs some improvement.
Some efforts’ are being made to make these examinations more useful. New methods of evaluating the ability of the students are being evolved. Semester system is being adopted in some universities in order to encourage regular work during the whole year. It is hoped that some method would be evolved to increase the usefulness of the examination.