I always remember the day I joined school and for the first time sat for an exams ,It was a thrilling experience .At six ,you would be sitting in an examination hall with complete silence with a sense of competition in the air.But one pertinent question haunts you in mind :is it really the test that will definetly prove your talents and would a paper wrapped in bright clothings prove your capabilities ?
Exams ,are as old as education ,and infact ,education which derives from the word 'educare', has greek origins .It is this concept that eventually proves the age of testing the potential of individuals through various disciplines practice at that time ,which has evolved today in school ,and univesity taught subjects :likewise mathematics ,physics ,astronomy and language with not to mention a long list of them.
The impact of exams is such that ,it urges revision or preparation ,which is normal for anybody because it is the ultimate test whether to know the candidate has learned his lessons or not and his assessment will be eventually done by somebody who is not his own teacher most of the time and who barely knows him personally -in the form of an index number candidate.
Some would pretend to judge examinations out of tutor marked assignments as 'fairness to the other candidates' -but does it suffices to test the ability of students ?
The main question is rather based on application of what has been taught .Subjects taught in schools and universities ,for instance are expected to be applied in professional life ,in professional life and subsequently to the benefits of society.However ,on a personal note ,do we really get the job for which he have been graduated ,or out of nothing we survive by engaging in totally different fields for instance ,gaining experience.
In sociology , the term social stratification defines itself-some jobs and career advancement are unfortunately reserved to few sections of the society in some countries and virtually the impact of education has been such that its globalization through distant learning programmes and the like have provided opportunities for more persons to become graduates in different fields -but do these fields have vacancies to sustain such masses of professionals?
Infact ,you may well encounter a man working as receptionists having a law degree ,or even unemployed graduates in countries of Asia ,where they do petty jobs to survive -and yet surprisingly they have been through examinations ,they have passed the tests of been qualified as professionals with a certificates and degrees.Unfortunately ,nothing is being done to remedy this situation and some even die jobless .
There are countless arguments to counter the theory of examination ,but still when you see the levels of realities in society ,you will notice that professionalism is rather experience based ,and even the most qualified employee needs the advice of an experience worker -yet not possessing the right certificates ,but with job experience and sheer dedication to duty .The question then resurfaces -would you a person by examination or merely assess his experience?