Exams are so last decade
With the entire country in full exam mode, the question is whether standard exam procedure is still a relevant method of assessing intelligence. Matric pupils and students here at Rhodes will spend the next few weeks bent over desks completing one, two, or three-hour written exams.
Methods of assessment have always had a standard process for understanding the intellectual capacity of the students being assessed. The anxiety and stress that this period places on those undergoing examination is not unfamiliar to them as this standard exercise is repeatedly used year after year.
When the use of a very specific method of evaluation occurs, certain individuals who respond well to this type of assessment will thrive.
However, those who don’t necessarily learn through the same processes often outnumber these individuals. A distinct advantage is granted to students that are able to make use of the specific learning styles that are acknowledged in schools while those who find their strengths through other processes of learning are forced to adapt to what they might be weak in.
This creates an environment of exclusion in which students are shunned for not excelling despite their obvious disadvantage.
The somewhat elitist nature of education as a whole is one that needs to be challenged and transformed from the outdated and constrained format that it currently uses.
In a phrase, written exams are so last decade.
•EmilySwanisreading towardsaPostgraduateDiploma inJournalism&MediaStudiesat