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Let's not scrap school examinations

The issue of scrapping examinations was highlighted again through Dr Maszlee’s statement “Matter of time before parents agree with scrapping exams” dated April 30, 2019.

Parents were mentioned as if parents are the one who is going for the exams.

Maybe the best thing for us and our children is to stop complaining about exams being stressful because 'stress is a part of life'.

If we cannot withstand and face ‘stress’ that comes with ‘exams’ then we will definitely be poor in character building.

We might also call off studying and learning in schools as it will be a waste of time, energy and money.

Children are said to be complaining of exams, and parents are so scared that their children might not do well in examinations, tests or assessments.

In my opinion, all we need to do is attend schools, learn the best we can and of course in facing the assessments; every learners need to do ‘revisions’.

Even in our Dewan Rakyat, our ministers cum lawmakers need to understand the pressures of revisions before answering questions in the House of Commons.

Revision is important. One has to revise, be prepared to answer questions thrown.

Pressures, stress and hard work are a part of people's lives.

Very few people succeed in what they want to do without preparing as well as they can and working hard.

Testing in schools has been the subject of great debate, with recent figures revealing half of primary school pupils and a third of parents suffer stress and anxiety over school tests.

Though many had mentioned that we need to prepare children for life, not just for exams but I still think we still need ‘assessments’ in our holistic life.

Rather than abolishing exams, we should instead be asking what mix of assessment tasks is most appropriate for each subject. Where might exams fit? And what are their benefits?

Exams are necessary in schools and colleges to find out the real skills, talents and knowledge of the students.

Without conducting the exams and test students don't concentrate in their studies and learn their lessons properly.

Consider students who are interested in getting good marks in the exam and study hard to achieve it, without exam there is no chance to express about our knowledge, skills as well as our studying activity.

To date, some people may think that exams are not necessary for school and college students, but this kind of attitude is wrong.

Without exams students will be tension free, they don't concentrate in their studies and lessons.

Some students don't go to the school or college, if the examination system is cancelled from school/college.

Students will get motivation towards their studies to achieve in their examination.

Exams are very important for the studies, every person wish to get highest mark in the class and study hard to achieve their dream.

This kind of attitude gives competition among the students and they study hard for achieving a good result in exam.

Exam is the way to express our real knowledge and ability in the written form.


Exams teach us lot of things and give training to various things like punctuality, writing skills, timing sense, expressing our thoughts and opinions and so on.

Without exam it is very hard to find out the real knowledge of an individual student as well as students will lost their motivation with their studies.

Exams don’t just provide a targeted, fit-for-purpose opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know: they also have the power to enhance what students know.

Let’s not scrapped examinations and continue with the assessments.

Azizi Ahmad Malaysiakini Letters 02 May 2019

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