Should Students Have Tests Or Not?
This research paper seeks to investigate whether it is important for students to take tests as a way of examining their intellectual abilities. It is the question that has continued to elicit intense debate for decades between proponents and opponents without conclusive and affirmative results. The GPA of a student shows the intellectual ability of a given student. For example, the higher the GPA is, the better the student is considered in terms of academic excellence. Several studies have been done by various stakeholders in bid to justify the importance of examinations in the education sector. However, this perception is contradictory in nature primarily because the so-called bright students fail to reflect their academic prowess in the practical world. In some cases, poor performing students have gone on to excel in life as compared to their better performing counterparts. In view of this, tests fail to reflect the abilities of a student completely; hence, the need to abolish the current examination system arises. The following are some of the reasons outlining the need to abolish tests from the education sector.
Tests Represent Unfair Evaluation of the Students’ Ability
At the outset, students should not have tests because the system of testing represents an unfair evaluation of students’ abilities. In essence, examinations tend to test the capacity of students to memorize and remember things as opposed to their level of intelligence. Rather than understanding the content of course outlines, students are only interested in reading for the examinations with the intention of passing. The failure of the education sector to revolutionize with the changes taking place in the present-day world has made examinations both archaic and rigid. Therefore, the primary goal of examination has been shortchanged to conform to the expectations of students, parents, and teachers. Evidently, all the stakeholders are interested more in passing the tests as opposed to understanding the content of the syllabus. For that reason, examinations ought to be abolished and replaced with better and valuable methods of assessing the students.
Inability to Test the Practical Capacity of Students
The contemporary world, especially in the corporate sector, is interested more in individuals who have the practical ability to execute certain operations. However, examinations only tend to test the ability of the students to remember information within a given period. A majority of the graduates from various universities have been found to be unfit for employment due to insufficient technical expertise as well as poor critical thinking skills. A large number of these graduates depend on their superiors for directions and instructions. Such employees are quite frustrating and disappointing as stakeholders expect to work with individuals cultured with intuitive critical thinking skills. The occurrence of such trends is caused by spending a vast amount of time in assessing the memory of the students. For instance, much time is spent on making students remember an enormous amount of information within a short period. For that reason, the examinations handed out to students do not conform to the expectations of the corporate stakeholders.
Kills Morale of Poor Performing
Research findings indicate that examinations often kill the morale of poor performing students regardless of the amount of energy and time invested in their studies. The examination results dent the self-esteem and confidence of the underperforming students repeatedly. Consequently, such students develop the notion that they will not make it academically regardless of the amount of hard work and sacrifice. As a result, the learners are likely to drop out of school due to inferiority complex and inability to compete with other students. To some extent, the morale of the teachers is also affected negatively since they feel that their efforts are going to waste. Such a trend is likely to have a spiral effect on the performance of the bright students, hence affecting their examination results in the long-term. In view of that, students should not take examination tests for the purposes of improving their morale and enabling them to complete their education.
Leads to Examination Malpractices
Some of the examination malpractices that are taking place in the schools today are caused by giving out tests to students. A few students feel obligated to pass their school tests irrespective of whether they have prepared for them well or not. Thus, in order to bridge the gap of unpreparedness, some of the students indulge in examination malpractices such as carrying of unauthorized information booklets to examination rooms. These practices have muddled the image of the examination systems, resulting in widespread cries for their abolition.
More to say, such offenses often put the students at risk of dropping out of schools due to the excessive punishments and heavy penalties that the vices attract. For example, cheating malpractices often result in school suspensions or expulsions for the students found indulging in the practice. It is time the ministry of education does away with such irregularities and harsh consequences by abolishing the test assessment system for the last time.
Tests Fail to Consider Other Influencing Factors
In addition, the current examination system does not take into account other influencing factors such as the prevailing environment, availability of resources, and financial background among others. It assumes that all the students have equal access to the essential education needs and wants such as relevant reading materials and competent instructors. In reality, some students do not even have access to the most basic needs due to disadvantaged backgrounds. All these factors influence the overall intellectual ability of the students in one way or another. Schools with sophisticated facilities tend to perform better as compared to those schools with limited and inadequate facilities. Therefore, it is evident that the outside environment has either a positive or a negative impact on the performance of the students. For that reason, it is essential to implement an examination system that considers all the shortcomings with the purpose of giving all the students an equal chance of succeeding.
Tests Cause Unhealthy Stress on Students
Research findings reveal that examinations tend to increase the level of stress among the students. It, therefore, leads to health complications such as high blood pressure. The soaring amount of pressure that accompanies impending examinations sucks the life out of students. In a bid to create ample time for exam preparations, many students are forced to forego fundamental needs such as meals and leisure time. At times, they are compelled to read throughout the night in order to finish all the topics that their teachers have not finished. Accordingly, it is common to find some students dozing off during class time while teaching is taking place. Consequently, students miss important concepts, which may lead to possible failure in the forthcoming examinations. In addition, some researchers reveal that students, known to be very bright, succumb to examination failure due to utter pressure and extreme levels of anxiety. Their failure in the major examinations does not necessarily reflect the pressurized environment they find themselves in. Rather, it reflects a low level of intellectual ability, which is not the case; hence, there is the need to abolish the current examination system.
Results in Wastage of Time and Resources
Tests are designed to transform students into critical thinkers and logical intellectuals in society. However, the by-products of the examination system only paint a grim picture of the reality of the matter. Some researchers opine that the administration of tests to the students only leads to wastage of time and resources. More time and extensive financial resources are required to prepare the examination papers, whereas there are other cheaper and efficient ways of testing the intellectual capacity of students. Moreover, strict surveillance and invigilation are required to ensure that the examination testing process is a success. Inadequate number of teachers to oversee the process of invigilation habitually makes the process to be inefficient and misleading, hence the need to do away with examination tests.
As a final point, this research paper highlights the need to have examination tests abolished from the education system due to various shortcomings. The education sector has failed to evolve with the changing demands of the contemporary world, thus rendering examination tests useless. Pertinently, a majority of the students are interested only in passing their examinations, as opposed to understanding the content of the syllabus. Thus, the means do not justify the ends as long as the students pass their examinations. In light of this, students should not take examinations tests that tend to increase their level of stress resulting in unhealthy lifestyles. Additionally, tests are designed to measure their capacity to remember and not their intellectual ability. Furthermore, tests present an unfair evaluation of the students’ abilities in addition to ignoring important influential factors such as environment and the available facilities. Significantly, the tests also lead to examination malpractices and demoralization of the poorly performing students. It is for this backward attitude that the essence of examination tests has lost its meaning in the eyes of the stakeholders.