Finally the mid terms finished. 3 days of hectic studying ( we try doing the same on other days also..) and finally it ended with after-exam celebrations. The idea of exams makes all fret. So while we were discussing about it, the discussion suddenly centered on do we really need exams.
Well, before I continue further, let me say that this is only in context of exams in MBA colleges. The whole idea of exam is to test a student’s competency but is the purpose solved? That’s a big question and many a times we think we know the answer. Why would an MBA student be required to mug up all theory, solve all mathematical problems which (as the thinking goes) he never has to do in real life. Won’t your secretary do that for you. Well then, how do we test the competency. One view is we should have project and presentations which test the knowledge of a student in real time and in practical terms. I personally like this idea a lot because on an individual basis this methodology inspires me to not only read on the subject, develop interest in it and present it to others which gives a sense of fulfillment. Real time implementation would not only help in learning better but also experiencing the real challenges that would never be there in solving text & exam problems.
Having said that, the other side argues that, if there are no exams how many times would you actually read through the text and gain knowledge. At least by this way, students forcefully read and get some knowledge. Bu aren’t we here (in MBA college) by will ?. Are we not here to learn, to gain something, to make a career ?. Will we not automatically care for ourselves and do the learning without the pressure of 3 day hectic exams. What’s the need of exams in which even if you have knowledge, but by a silly mistake you end up loosing marks, grades, CGPA which finally affects your career. Why? just because you mistakenly wrote 8 instead of 3 and got your answer wrong and hence penalized?? Bad marks only does the work of demotivating and that’s certainly not what somebody wants.
Other means of constructive evaluation which give real time learning and feedback are more better ways according to me. Having said that, different people would give different views and so the debate remains always open. I’m eager to hear your view 🙂