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Messenger The time has come to abolish university examinations. But in the case of exams that assumption would be right. You sit down in a room for two or three hours and answer questions from memory. So why have universities, by and large, chosen to retain them?
The case for examinations People deploy a number of arguments in defence of examinations: These reasons have varying degrees of merit but none of them, in themselves, provide a complete defence of the examination system.
As the content of degrees has remained relatively stable during that time I assume that degrees have not got easier but that it is easier to do well — and maybe the students simply work harder and do better. But the improvement is really down to offering students alternatives to examinations.
When tested in other ways students get better marks. I am not sure why any teacher would want to do that. Highlighting that exams can ensure a common professional standard has some merit, but what is a university for if it is simply delivering the requirements of a third party?
The case that exams save us from academic malpractice has most merit, albeit as a counsel of despair. And is the problem of plagiarism really as big as people fear? Most experienced university lecturers would agree that there seems to be more plagiarism around than there used to be.
Whether this is because of improved detection via software like Turnitin or more malpractice is hard to tell, probably a bit of both. A different era We have to remember that students today face different pressures to those of previous generations.
They are entering a mass higher education system designed for an educated citizenship not an elite system for a small number of professionals, managers and intellectuals.
Their schooling is different. One symptom of this blurring is different attitudes to the idea of originality. OK, I know this looks like post-modern ideology but nothing could be further from the truth: Can they guarantee standards without grade inflation?
Can they encourage good study habits without using examinations as a policeman? They can and do. Many parts of many universities already assess imaginatively and creatively and the world has not come to a standstill.
Much of our academic culture is driven by an anxiety-based conservatism. Students are not like academics: We should celebrate this difference not fear it or try to compensate for it.
Students coming to university give us a great gift of trust: Scrapping examinations is just one step towards that. Should universities abolish exams? Leave your comments below.Should We Abolish Homework. Should Homework be Abolished There are many debates on whether homework is beneficial or not.
More and more students are spending a lot of out of school time on huge amounts of homework. This overload of homework is putting pressure on the students, along with their parents.
The debate for the abolition of the common entrance exam in Saint Lucia on the basis of some of the above mentioned factors has been ongoing and many educators believe that continuous assessment is the way to go, in replacing the one stop shop exam.
Should Public Exams Be Abolished in Hong Kong? Should Public Exams Be Abolished In Hong Kong? Public examinations play an important role in a student‘s life, especially in Hong Kong. Nowadays, there is no other ways to promote into university in Hong Kong unless passing the examination.
It’s a way to test your ability to discipline & perform under pressure / restricted conditions. During exam, you need to finish at a given time, to follow rules & regulations etc. it’s a way to know your standing among your friends/cohort.
On 1 April the Ministry of Education was reorganised as the Department of Education and Science (DES), and Quintin Hogg (formerly Viscount Hailsham) became the first Secretary of State for Education and Science, holding the post for just six months until the general election of October Entry exams for would-be Greek university students have been controversially abolished in favour of the combined grades of the last two classes in secondary school, writes Makki Marseilles.