Examinations
21 June, 2012

When we choose to make survival by means of using our intellectual faculties rather than physical, we a priori subject ourselves to the whole series of examinations, stretching piecemeal over lifetime. We are getting examined as soon as we reach preschool age and we might be compelled to take an examination right on the eve of our departure from this world.
Examinations are our fellow travelers at all times. They make us nervous and miserable often times. Successfully passed tests impress us as the harbingers of better life, and the failed ones depress us like we can never recover from the defeat. The results of examinations are powerful definers of our moods and chances. Exams have an ability to render us either happy or miserable. They own us and commend our lives. Exams have ample power to kill joy or to double our sense of happiness. This is a phenomenon of the utmost significance in human existence, having roots all over the globe, in every nation and community. We the humans ceaselessly subject each other to various kinds of tests and exams. Tests and exams create systems that have huge influence over quality of life. Nothing makes us more vulnerable than the examinations stuck right into our noses right at the moment when we would rather relax and rejoice. Exams are the worst pain in our tired and fragile necks. Exams may not be treated indifferently and foolishly. Exams will reciprocate in kind. Therefore, we need to be extremely considerate when we embark on the creation of the examination system in this country. To make it easier on us, we need to first think of a criterion on which the system should rest. The first trickiest question to be asked here is: what should be revealed as a result of an examination? The answers to this question will vary based on the examination category. For example, in case of a youth, taking a school-living examination, the answer should be: level of general knowledge and personal maturity, necessary for undertaking further educational efforts or immediate inclusion into the labor market. The second question that needs to be answered forthwith is: who should be the judges? Answer: examiners equipped with special knowledge in the field and officially authorized to make a judgment thereafter. And the third unavoidable question to be furnished with an intelligent answer sounds like this: how to make the examinations foolproof and bribe-resistant? Answer: using the existent sophisticated means of testing and the strictest possible punitive measures for handling faults. Is all as easy and plain as that? No! Presented here was the crux of the matter in question, around which we need to dance. The details are for special professional bodies to deliberate on for thorough elaboration. What I was trying to drive home is that altering the system of examinations several times in a short period of time in a certain field of life, like school-leaving attestation, might have a disastrous effect on delicate hearts and minds of our youth who should not be kept in permanent suspense in anticipation of successful continuation of their young lives. Why should we make the kids so nervous and confused? What’s so difficult about creating a fundamental and winning system of examining the school-leaving youth once and for all!