Round the world, Indians are known as knowledge banks; Excelling in every field but what is with this tag - is it the power of memorising and retaining it? Well. Maybe.
As per the current education system we are adverse to open book examinations. Considering the point of view of the elderly generation, the questions that prompt in their minds are that what will the child learn, this is a clear form of cheating, everyone may score good and many more presumptions. The first thing that comes to mind is that we think all you have to do is open the book and write the answers, but there is more to it.
Why not spare a minute to look at the positive side. Let's consider the following:
- The main objective is analysing interpreting and presenting the information that is taught. Reduce your stress level, kids, because all you have to do is understand stuff.
- Forget about rote learning plus it might just save your time from cheating also. Why not just go and explore more than remembering what will be lost after a single test.
- More emphasis will be laid on improving the communication and presentation skills.
One will need to have the complete knowledge of study material in order to refer to it in the stipulated examination time.
- Understanding a concept and knowing how to apply it in a given situation is a skill that not only opens doors to the global job market, but, also helps a person contribute meaningfully to the society.
Overall, the policy of open-book exams is a progressive step and should be encouraged. However, the same can be successfully implemented only when a major shift in the mindset of audience takes place.
In the field of CA examinations, open book examination may be of some help with regard to the vast syllabus. Where completing your own exam is itself a challenge and if you get some assistance by referring to a topic, we surely won't mind that.
How many of us still remember the chemistry formulae and mathematical equation, if we are in a different career option right now? now?
Implementation of open book exams would lead to a complete transformation of the current education system and thereby creating a path for new ways of learning. And if we can give FYUP a try, removal of class 10th boards a try, then why not open book examination also, for once.
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