How 5 marks turn into 5 kg waste in just 12 monthsAs I was walking through the corridors of my college, a particular sight shook my heart. It was the time of yearly maintenance and everyone was busy cleaning. That's when I noticed my name out there. It was my laboratory study record. It was one among the hundreds of books being trashed out. What surprised me was that out of every 3 trash cans kept for this task 2 were overflowing with such books. Books we spent hours writing!
Every student spends almost 50% of his student time writing things that never help him in any way. I can understand the significance if such writing works have some purpose in our future.
Most teachers assign such laborious writing work under the name of internal assignments. Students are made to pen down pages and pages which seemingly have no value once the student has been evaluated. Isn't the student's entire effort becoming futile if all these assignments and records are only means to get some marks and later on end up in a trash can? The only other benefit that can be obtained from such assignments is enhancing the writing speed of students.
Moreover usually, due to time constraints, the teachers cannot fully assess such assignments and records. Aren't such writing works crucifying waste of time, effort and money both on the side of students as well as teachers?
At an age where paper based tests are being replaced by online ones, isn't it time to remove such unnecessary aimless rote work? Shouldn't we be focusing on assignments that help the student in future too rather than acting only as a means to attain some internal marks?