No exams?

The education ministry is reportedly considering doing away with written examinations for students of PP to Class III.

Please take the poll asking if phasing out exams for PP to Class III is a good idea. And please share your thoughts on this important issue.


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  1. Pema Wangchuk says

    For me its not good idea. When exams are phased out how children can learn the art of writing????
    I don’t salute for this initiatives.

  2. I do not quite see the value added of phasing out exam system at lower levels,if children have to still go through the regular exam process after third grade.

    If the objective behind this is to provide wholesome education, perhaps a better option would be to balance classroom teaching with extra curricula activities where children get to learn by doing.

  3. If people knows the meaning of the education it is always good that phasing out the kind of examination system in Bhutan for all level. It is testing only one ability of the students. There are many different abilities and skill with students. But problem is, most of the teachers and officer in the education ministry don’t know the meaning of the education. many people believes english language as a education which is not at all.
    please comment

  4. i will go with pema wangchuk, he is right without exam how students will is being the drive to future, i think learning, writing and reading has to go all together. which is alternatively achievement of our k4 and k5 vision.

    So i will no salute with the new rules coming in the land of Gross National Happiness.

  5. To me examination do test what is taught in the classes only. Doing away with exams wont matter much. at times i feel a child is pressurised too much at a young age by such exams. ( peer pressure, family pressure and pressures added by the teachers to get through the exams etc…)

  6. Pema Wangchuk says

    See what Psychologist says

    Developing the Creative Child: The Importance of Writing
    Instilling Creative Processes into Children at a Young Age

    For many children, abstract thinking and spatial reasoning comes naturally and is often developed, further, through the academic process in grade school and into high school. With many programs focused on the math and
    sciences, there are an equal number of children who are exposed to, and prepared for, creative projects. As a parent, the methodical approach to academics may not always lead to the artistic and creative development of your child. As a result, we must instill creative values in our children, beginning at a young age.

    One such creative style, involving the skill of writing, can be developed in children at a very young age. Because communication is crucial to our society, teaching children to write well will often lead to children, and adults, who can communicate well. Therefore, finding creative options for our children to develop writing skills will set the foundation for many additional years of creative writing and learning.

    One such project, the creation of greeting cards, is a unique way in which parents can foster the creativity of their children. Even in very young children, after the age of one, holding a crayon and creating a greeting card for a birthday, or holiday, will provide the child with the first exposure in creative writing. Using construction paper will also aide the child in developing the beginnings of design and layout.

    In addition to greeting cards, many parents are opting to expose their young children to creative writing through preparation of fortune cookies. Using a simple fortune cookie recipe, parents can assist children in creating fortune labels to put inside the cookies and then distribute the fortunes to family, teachers and even include them in their own lunches. This is a great activity for families with multiple children where each can develop fortunes for the others.

  7. Bhutan is a young nation when it comes to modernization processes. We have the opportunity to look at many good education systems across the globe. Copy the style of instutions and countries where good education practice prevail.

    Do not break your heads for no expected output!

  8. It will be another NAPE education system….then the issue of quality of education.

    I think it is a bit early to introduce exam less education, where the student learns on their own which requires responsible parents and ideal environment. its like taking a degree by course work or research.

  9. Do away with the exams. Teach maths, physics, chemistry and all other subjects in dzongkha.Invent bizarre new dzongkha vocabs. Make GNH a compulsory subject in all schools. Keep changing the curriculums and syllabi every year. Teachers are already confused. Soon our students will be confused. Then we will build a nation full of confused people. THEN BHUTAN WILL TRULY BECOME A LOST SHANGRILLA!!!

  10. Basically in a school setting what exams do is try to test whether all that you were supposed to learn/ taught the entire year. Ridiculous as it may be to test an year’s learning in a couple of hours, it has been passed down for ages as the most efficient & cost-effective method. Not only does it put too much unnecessary pressure on the young and innocent as the stakes a extremely high, it also assumes that everything can be tested through writing. No wonder we tend to be more of ‘educated’ and ‘all-knowing’ and less of ‘doers’. We talk and write about high morals and great ideas, but models are few and far between.
    Now supposing we leave it up to the class-teachers to decide whether a student has achieved the standards or desired outcomes for their level based on how the student performs in the class on a daily basis, I do not see this as worse off than the high-stake end-of-the-year exam by any count. Of course, I’m assuming that the teacher is well-trained, the curriculum provides clear guidelines on assessing, and other factors such as the class-size and teacher workload will be taken care of. This is a good arrangement for PP-3 because they have class-teachers who will be with them most of the day teaching almost all subjects & therefore know them well enough to unlike higher classes where there will be different subject teachers. It is a good thing to be assessed on a daily/weekly/monthly basis because then you can provide timely help to those who are lagging unlike exams wherein if you fail, you repeat the grade. Doing away with exams does not mean that you can have weekly or monthly tests/ quizzes.
    So, yes, doing away with high stake exams for PP-3 is a great idea. Why should our children have to be put to such stressful situations when there’s a better way out. Education is about helping children to succeed, not fail; to make them happy not terrorize.

  11. Sorry, I meant doing away exams does not necessarily mean that you cannot have weekly/ monthly class tests.

  12. Education should not become too exam-oriented but for the system to function smoothly evaluation is important. so students of pp to 3 should sit their exams.

  13. Examination is just a proxy to test what the child knows. It is not the absolute tool to know the knowledge and ability of a child. If put under right contexts, every child has the ability to display excellent performance. Exams put the child under tremendous pressure and stress at a tender age which could arguably do damage in the learning process and at times push away the child from school since they don’t see schooling as a fun activity. A child must enjoy the learning process and see value in learning. We are already becoming a too much of a ‘testing’ society and our focus instead of in ‘learning’ have gone too far in testing something which may or may not be relevant to our need. Reproducing what is taught in class through exams is just one of the many skills an individual will make use of in his or her life, hence doing away with exams will not really undermine what they learn.

  14. My son just completed PP in 2010 and I know the pressure he had during the exam. He literally used to murmur even in the sleep during the exam time. This has led him lose interest in studies and school. I personally feel that exam for pp to 3 can be do away with. Children at such tender age and especially private school kids could be accessed continuously through class test and others.

  15. Arun Saxena says

    To evaluate how much a student has learned Exams are must.Iwish to say that we need modified pattern of exam.One of the objective of good education policy is to improve the literacy rate in Bhutan. As per my thinking Examination should test HOW MUCH A STUDENT KNOW RATHER THAN HOW MUCH HE DOES NOT KNOW
    Arun Saxena
    Education Counselor,India

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