Sir Winston Churchill said,
“Examinations were a great trial to me.”
It is a fact that our system of education is examination-ridden. It is almost impossible to deny their most dominant role as test of success. It is the center of studies. Examination simply means the test of ability. However, for some years they have been a topic of debate. Their importance and effectiveness have been called in question. The most significant object is that examinations are not real test of knowledge but a test of ignorance. But on the whole, we can say that in spite of all the objections and shortcomings, examinations are a necessary evil and cannot be avoided.
All of us agree that the examinations are not the real test of a student’s intelligence. The standard of judgment depends on the mood of the examiner rather than on any specific or scientific rules and regulations, so the examinations are not foolproof test. It is on the other hand a faulty way of judgment.
Marking of papers is the most essential part of examination system. The allocation of marks depends on the individual examiner. When judging the ability of examination answers, two different examiners will assign different marks to the same answer. Some examiners are lenient while others are very strict. In this way, marking varies from person to person.
Examinations are a game of chance. The success is so uncertain that the student remain confused. They are never sure, of their success. There are always doubts in their minds, success does not depend on complete preparation. Even the students will full preparation may not succeed or secure good marks. On the other hand, a student with less preparation may easily succeed. So, examinations prove to be a lottery.
Examinations are mostly the test of nerves. All of us know that all examinations have limitations of time and place. A student is tested at a bad place in a bad manner. The atmosphere of the examination place is never satisfactory. The simple question can be raised that how can a students hard work of full one or two years be judged in just three hours? The invigilators also sometimes prove disturbing. So examinations are generally unnerving.
Examinations are a test of memory. They are useful for unintelligent students. In other words, examinations are useful or crammer and harmful for intelligent students. As a matter of fact, such examinations are a curse for able students. Examinations of these kinds discourage hard work. They encourage selective study and some special tricks to get through them. So, difference between learned and ignorant can be made
In the end, we can say that examination system is unnatural and unscientific. There are many shortcomings in it but all that does not at all mean that there should be no examinations. There has to be some of judging the ability of students so proper changes in the faulty system are required. Examination should always be faultless foolproof and scientific.