End exams at tertiary level

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 February, 1998, 12:00am

There have been a number of letters in these columns about Hong Kong's examination-oriented education system.

At present, Hong Kong students are required to take a lot of exams. They have to do regular tests in schools, and also must sit public exams and if they do not get good results, they cannot further their studies.

As a student, I have had to sit scores of exams and I am unhappy with the present system.

It puts so much pressure on us.

I can understand why exams are still needed to eliminate those students who get bad results, since they would clearly struggle in a tertiary institution.

However, I believe that the examination system should be scrapped in universities as such tests are unnecessary in institutions which represent the highest level of education.

Undergraduates' grades should be evaluated by continuous assessment, through homework, research papers and through presentations that students would be required to give.

This will help university students to develop the skills that really matter to them and will improve their job prospects.