In certain places, a student’s year-end marks are 50% class mark and 50% government exam mark. Is it fair?
First of all, as harsh as it may sound, school isn’t fair, neither is life. Let’s do away with the question of fairness. Let’s look at how we can make the injustice positive for your child.
In the case of government issued exams, most of the time, they are ‘easier’ than in-class exams. They have to be conceived with the idea that any student in the province/state/country can write them with a reasonable chance of passing.
Simply answered, they are a chance to write an exam without fear of the prejudice of a teacher that doesn’t like your child, or of a teacher that may be more strict than necessary.
Most teachers are very aware of what children need to know in order for them to be successful on the government exams, and as such, teachers do their best to teach your child these things.
Perhaps you never thought about it, but the better a class scores on the government exams, the better it looks for the teacher, for the school, for the principal, for the schoolboard, etc. It’s in the interest of everybody to prepare your child for these exams.
If looked at it from this point of view, it’s actually quite advantageous.
The question that begs to be asked is whether this might not be too much pressure for one single day.
If exam preparation is undertaken, it should be no worse than ‘the big game’ or doing one’s taxes or any other event that must me accomplished in one sitting. In fact, your kid can turn the tables and make the exams work for him.
What is meant by exam preparation?
It’s a series of protocols that your kid should follow, from simple to very detailed.
The simple version for your kid:
Government exams? Bring ‘em on!