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Message from Editor in chief

‘March’ month of examination a perspective towards holistic development.”

The month of March is all about happiness and anxiety. Happiness is about the changes in the season and festive mode of the same. Anxiety is for the seasons of examinations for all the standards and for the people ending financing year. It is a time of settlement for all.

The examination is commonly used in schools, colleges, competitive or medical situations. Examinations in school are a way to test the knowledge of different subjects acquired over some time. Medical examinations refer to various test to understand the functioning of the different parameters of the body, e.g. blood tests, ultrasound. Examinations can also be conducted as a screening process for jobs or for admitting a student in a particular course. These are referred to as entrance examinations. Then there are qualifying examinations, whereby success in these examinations qualifies one to take up a profession or career.

In a typical examination, there is either a test or a series of tests, where the student or the candidate is tested over different parameters to understand his performance. They could be descriptive tests or multiple choice questions.

‘Examination’ is derived from the Latin word “examinare” which means ‘to test something’. The English word ‘examination’ refers to a formal study of one’s proficiency level in knowledge or skill.

Examinations are quite crucial in assessing one’s abilities. They are a means with which a person’s knowledge of their respective field can be assessed. They serve as a rite of passage, allowing students to discover their talents and skill. Exams are a necessary evil of sorts. They ensure that a person is quite capable of performing their assigned tasks in their professions. For instance, the public would prefer the justice system were governed by an educated judge instead of an illiterate one.

The objective of Education is to prepare students in facing the challenges of this highly competitive world, but education in the Indian examination system gives priority to memory and rote learning rather than understanding the application of theories or concepts and imparting creative and critical thinking skills among students (NPE- 1986). Students memorize information from guide books or test papers before the exams and attain good scores. Unable to comprehend the topics, many students are tensed during preparation and try to memorize the information.

Thus, our education system struggles to enhance students’ cognitive skills which are the main aim of quality education. A way to overcome this problem is to look at the possibilities offered by Alternative Assessments All the test items in Formative Assessments are factual and memory based. Hence we are not getting the desired results from students. And ultimately the lacking in holistic development of the students seeks the concern.

Regards,

Dr. Jignesh B. Patel,
Chief Editor, Horizons of Holistic Education &
Associate Professor, Department of Education
Children’s University