Tuesday, 28 October 2014

EXAMS - "Simply, NO USE!"

EXAMS - the word itself which defines boredom, cheating, fear, stress, failure, and death. What’s the use of it?

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Exams are so tedious, stressful and at times they are irritating as hell.
During exams, we sit in one place and whole day study, study, and study.
We waste the precious time of our life while preparing and studying for these so-called exams.
Only the god knows for what we are giving these exams!

A couple of weeks before I gave my BSc IT 3rd semester exams. So, during the preparation and study process, there was something profound I was thinking. As usual, I was sitting on my study table with IT books open, studying and trying to memorise all the answers. Besides the book I had a bottle filled with water which I used at times to flush away all my boredom and to feel fresh. And within some amount of time, I finished memorising some of my answers. During the time I felt bored. So I sipped some water, took my earphones, connected them to the mobile with some of my favourite songs playing. To be honest, I went into my trance. All I was feeling was myself and thinking about my exams to get over with it.

There were so many questions that were flowing through my crazy mind that time which I want to share with you all. The questions which each student can relate in life. They are:
Why am I giving these exams and for what?
Why do these exams exist and what’s the use of it?
What’s the point of wasting our precious time studying for these so-called exams?
How many exams I have to keep on giving my whole student life?
And many such related questions!

In today’s world, exams are there but only for the sake of scoring marks and used mainly as the means of measuring competency. To be more specific, exams don’t test our intelligence; it tests our memory these days. I mean no one wants to see the quality of the student. You know what, it’s easy to mug up everything and then score marks on the exam paper. But what about the real life, the real world; exams don’t prepare us for that!

And the biggest problem that comes along with exams is the scoring system. For instance, if I scored one mark or 1% more than my friend, so does that mean that I am better than my friend and he is not good at all? I mean why to judge anyone’s smartness on the base of results they get. To go more in depth. The marks which we score in exams doesn’t make us stand ahead in our life, what matters is our knowledge and the self-education which counts the most.

To all the people who are living or have lived the student life, the questions I need to ask you all is-
How many answers, syllabus, theorems, maths problems and the value of 'x' did you all memorised for the sake of exams and never to use them in life again?
How much amount of precious time and countless hours of life did you all waste preparing and studying for the exams?
How many times you all did remember something 5 minutes earlier before the final bell rings or after the teacher said stop writing.
How many First Class and A grades did you all score which was never asked for when you were applying for a particular job.

Above all, a big question that we need to ask own self is why do we give exams?
Do we become more knowledgeable?
No!
Do exams increases our memory?
Hell no!
Does our life become easy?
Not at all!
Can we bring a change in the world by giving exams?
A big no!

So, why?
What’s the point or reason for wasting the precious time of our life to give these so-called exams?

We all have some talent, abilities, ambitions, and dreams. So why the classroom full of different individuals are tested by the same means through conducting these so-called exams? I admit that I am not against the Education; I am only against these so-called exams! Education is something that has the power that one can use to change the world. By conducting these so-called exams, I don’t think it will be helpful to bring a change. Also, I feel that our whole life is an education in itself. So why restrict it to a classroom, test us through the means of exams and then judge by the marks we get.

Exams and marks should stop!

There’s a question which I want to ask the creator or inventor of these exams - “Are exams the only way to check on our study skills or the motive for study? Can’t there be a better method or a better way related to achieving that?”

If I talk about myself, I don’t care about this memory game also known as exams. For me, the big exam in life is the 'exam of life'! And, I hope that I will pass by a distinction someday!

No offence!
Peace RON!

Author - Ronak Sawant

Ronak Sawant is an Indian artist, dancer, poet, writer, street photographer and humanitarian. He is the life explorer, urban monk and a free bird that uses his art, wisdom and life’s journey to inspire people and make a change in the world.


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