Exams blight development

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 January, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 January, 2000, 12:00am

There are many examinations in Hong Kong. When students are in primary school, they take about four examinations a year. At secondary level, the situation becomes worse. Students have to take the HKCEE and A-levels if they want to study at university.

Does it benefit students to have so many tests? I don't think so. Students bury themselves in their books and do not participate in extra-curricular activities. They do not get rewarding experiences from outside school. They do not know how to communicate with others and are dependent. They rely on their parents and are immature.

Exams should test students' abilities. However, not only academic subjects, but practical ones should be covered. Also, schools should promote more extra-curricular activities to allow students to learn more interesting skills and become useful people.