No exams till 2nd grade - Advantages and Disadvantages


In this article, I am discussing the advantages and disadvantages of not conducting exams up to the 2nd Grade. Some parents are happy as the children are free from the rigorous preparation of exams, but other parents are not agreeing with this new aspect of education. They think that kids may be even overburdened later. Let's discuss both sides of the coin.

According to the New Education Policy 2020, examinations should not be conducted for students from nursery up to 2nd grade. But the teachers would examine the students on a daily basis and give feedback to the parents. The kids up to 2nd grade should only be learning from activity-based programs and interaction in the classroom. But is this system really beneficial to the students in the long run?

Advantages of not conducting exams upto 2nd grade

As students, we always dreaded the exam system. Even in L.KG. and U.KG., we were compelled to appear for the exam. Some students were able to write a paper comfortably, but some were so scared that they even cried before the exam. If exams are not conducted, then the kids up to 2nd grade are free from worries and tension. They can attend school joyfully, as they are learning concepts in a fun-filled manner. Parents are also free from the tension and worries about the exam and their kids' scores.

Some parents are aggressive and overambitious and hence pressurize little kids to score better marks. Children may not be prepared to sit down quietly in a quiet place and prepare for the exams. But are forced by their parents to study hard. Even teachers pressurize the students to study hard and score better marks on the examination. Young children up to 8 years old want to play outside joyfully and explore the world outside. They are not comfortable sitting down in a fixed place for hours and studying. So, if exams are not conducted for kids, then they need not spend time preparing for the exam but instead lark around outdoors and explore different aspects of life. Motor skills are not fully developed, and many kids in kindergarten are not prepared to write on a piece of paper. For some students, fine motor skills may gradually develop, and they can perform fine motor skills such as writing and drawing after seven or eight years. If examinations are conducted, kids are pressured to develop writing skills too. The kids become irritable and frustrated when they study for long hours and develop skills under pressure. If a child is compelled to write on a piece of paper, then the child gradually loses interest. Such students do not show interest in studies in higher classes. If a child is not burdened with examinations, they can develop such skills at their own pace.

Disadvantages of not conducting exams up to 2nd grade

If exams are not conducted up to the 2nd grade, then students do not become prepared for the exam for a longer time. When they reach 3rd grade, they may feel pressured to prepare for and write an exam. Some students are not willing to study hard and appear for the exam because of their comfort zone. After 8 years, the students become reluctant to listen to teachers or parents. For seven years, they were not compelled to do anything. So, when they are forced to study for the exam, they do not show willingness. The students do not even develop proper writing skills if they do not appear for the examination. They do not learn the techniques of writing an examination until they are 8 years old. Earlier kids learned the writing techniques at age 4 and mastered them when they reached 6 years old. After 8 years, kids cannot easily adapt to the pattern of a written examination. For nearly five years, they presented their knowledge in the form of oral presentations, quizzes, or any other activity conducted in class. Many kids are not even willing to study seriously for the examination. Even parents cannot compel their kids to study for the exam.

Conclusion

Parents can teach their kids to write an exam paper. They can also conduct written examinations at home occasionally, so the kids are prepared to write. When the kids reach 3rd grade, they should be handled carefully by the teachers. The teachers should strategically teach the kids to write an exam paper. They should ensure every child is prepared to write in notebooks initially. When the kids are prepared to copy notes from the board, they are actually prepared to write. Initially, written examinations should not be conducted for students who are unwilling to write.


Comments

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao10 May 2023 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

I think it is good not to have any examinations up to 2nd grade. The child in the class may be just 5 or 6 years old and pressuring them in the name of examination is not correct in my opinion. Once in a while the teacher can test the knowledge of the student and coordinate with the parents and see that the student will get proper guidance from the parents also.
These informal examinations may make the student know how to face the examinations. My granddaughter is now in 1st grade. The school gives more importance to informal education and they teach students to manage their work on their own. They make the students do some activities and share their contributions with other students in the class. I feel that is perfectly alright and the student will get skilled in the activity he/ she likes.



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