The present education system is flawed; this system of education fails to understand the child, doesn’t cater to its needs, dissociates the child from its natural tendencies and above all fails to create a questioning mind.
This imperfection originates from its evaluation system. The evaluation system, rather than the teaching- learning process is the core of this malady. In the present market oriented world, the end product determines the strategies.
Similarly, the evaluation system tailors the teaching- learning process. The evaluation system rather than helping to build up on the knowledge of our own self and recognize our strengths & weaknesses; it distracts us to comparisons, comparing my abilities to my peer group!
How useful is this?
Does it really matter that I know much more than what ‘P’ knows or less than what ‘R’ knows, unless I know what I should know given my abilities and potentialities…
Some inadequacies in the present evaluation system:
- it is not dynamic.
- too much emphasis on rote memorization and ignores the meta-cognitive abilities.
- not the real measure of student’s potential.
- limited scope for diagnosis and remediation.
- whatever is tested is taught and whatever is taught is tested i.e. examination centered.
- perpetuates psychological fear and tension.
- no scope for creativity.
So, how do we improve this system???
to start with:
- lets make the process and product of evaluation meaningful from a child’s perspective.
- lets integrate evaluation as a CONTINUOUS part of the teaching-learning process, both formally and informally. Let’s not restrict it to a one-day, end-of course activity.
- construct evaluation as a comprehensive process which makes use of multiple tools and techniques to gather information on different aspects of learning.
- compose evaluation as a cooperative process, collaborate with peers and parents and teachers. Much of the learning, takes place beyond the four walls, lets accept it.
- invent evaluation as a dynamic process.
if the above aspects of evaluation are kept in mind, there is no doubt that it will lead to bringing about qualitative improvement in education…