Friday, May 1, 2009

The Examination System

We were discussing education and the examination system in office yesterday.

“I really don’t care if my daughter gets 95% or 70%,” said the mother of a new teen, “as long as she gets the concepts right.”

“Why even 70%?”, challenged a colleague, “Isn’t it enough that she pass her exams, provided she gets the concepts right?”

In principle, he had a point. Grasping concepts and retaining knowledge should be the purpose of education, not clearing examinations. But, what does it say about an education system, if a student who understands the concepts gets less than 70% in the examinations?

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