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What Is The Use Of Examinations?
Can You Expose Such to Examinations?
Problems Brought About By Competing In Examinations
What Is Competition In Examinations?
Competition always appears when we compare other candidates against others. We also compare institutions according to how their performance was against other institutions. The method such is done is through mean score.
Mean score is the average score that was attained by all candidates in any particular subject. It is normally calculated when we add all the marks attained by each the candidate and divided by the number of candidates who attempted that examination. The mean score happens to be the most common gauge that is used in my country. With the mean score you can gauge an institute, county and even a particular zone which did the same exam.
Number of High Grades Attained.
We can use grades to compare candidates and even institutions.
Grades are normally listed as follows A=12 points.
A-= 11 points.
B+ = 10 points.
B = 9 points.
B- = 8 points.
C+ =7 points.
C = 6 points.
C- =5 points
D+ =4 points.
D = 3 points.
D- = 2 points
E =1 point.
The ones who score most of the highest grades are the ones who excelled and then there are those in the middle and failures at the bottom. A problem arises her as the grades are given a range of marks. These ranges may be faulty becomes as one may get a strong A, another one gets a weaker one and so on. Yet all of them have twelve points.
There are very many other methods of evaluation that are used but the problem arises that it all leads to comparing candidates and institutions.
Problems of Comparison Using Examinations.
- The candidates come from different backgrounds. This is a problem as in my country some areas are security risks and learners do not get enough out of education. They keep on evading cattle hustlers and bandits who prowl the area.
- Some candidates have no proper classrooms while others have sophisticated classrooms fitted with computers and other facilities.
- There are areas where there are not enough teachers.
- Comparison in examinations may give a rise to malpractice and cheating in examinations.
Values of Examinations
Should We Compare Or Not Compare Performance Of Our Children In Examinations?
What is the purpose of examinations in our institutions?
Examinations may act as a gauge on how much an individual has attained at a certain level of education in our institutions. The learners are examined to find how much they may have acquired at any given level. The examinations may be oral but in most cases as the case may be, the exams are written. The learners are given the time limit in which to complete a certain exercise which normally involves questions, essays and projects to be completed in the time span given. Materials which may guide the learner to manipulate and copy the examination are normally eliminated from the place in which the examinations take place.
Examinations may be used as a measure in which certain individuals are denied access to the next level. We may find that there are limited places in a certain level while there are many candidates aspiring and running for the few chances. In many cases the candidates are subjected to an exam which will eliminate those who are weak and get the right people to go to the next level.
Examinations may be taken to test the I.Q’s of individuals. We understand that there are people who are smart and others who are dumb in certain areas. It will be very hard by just looking at people to know whether they have a high I.Q or not. It is therefore only through an examination that we may tell whether certain people are smart or not.
Examinations can also reveal whether a certain institution is giving the right material or not. As there are so many institutions mushrooming in our societies, I will be hard to know which ones are offering the right material. It is only through examinations that we can be able to tell which ones are offering the best in terms of quality material.