Should we have exams?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 May, 2009, 12:00am

Resa Ng Su-ching, 14
Chinese International School

Yes. Exams help us learn and digest information more easily. Because students are under pressure to get good grades, they strive to do their best. They work hard, making sure they are well-prepared. Without exams, students would be able to put off their revision and find it hard to keep up in class. Also, exams are a good way to test students' knowledge. Therefore, exams should not be abolished.

Emily Tsang Long-yu, 15
Creative Secondary School

Yes, but exams should not be a major part of the final grades. I suggest we use projects and tests to assess students instead of relying on major exams. Exams do not usually allow students to perform to the best of their abilities. Exams should take place at the beginning of the school year and at the end of each term. In September, exams can help teachers gauge their students' standards and create better lesson plans. With end-of-term exams, teachers can evaluate students' progress.

Charles Watson, 18
Hong Kong International Schol

Yes. Exams test what a student has learned in class. Exam grades help me evaluate my performance and motivate me to work harder in school. But I believe schools put too much emphasis on exams to assign grades. Also, the stress students deal with around exam time increases every year as exams become more competitive. If I could make the decision, I would keep exams but abolish the idea that exams should be a major component of your grades. Class work can help assess a student's aptitude more accurately.

Kendra Cui, 12
Sha Tin College

Yes. If we didn't have exams, we would have no definite target to strive for, and might not be as motivated to do well in school. Also, exams help teachers review our performance over a term or academic year. The same principle applies to universities. The first thing they look at is the candidates' grades. If exams were abolished, universities would have difficulty deciding on who to accept. A little stress is good for us. It makes us try just a little harder, which could make a big difference later in life.

Narui Iman Driver, 15
Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College

No. I don't see why the government can't assess students' class work instead of making them sit nerve-wracking exams. Students already face pressure from parents and teachers. It has been revealed that mainland students pay 'shooters' to do their English exam papers. Teens are under so much pressure mainly because of exams. I see exams as one of the worst ways of finding out what a student is capable of. We hear a lot of stories about teens locking themselves up in their rooms and studying past midnight. They don't have time to socialise.


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