School Exam System to get a Makeover

School Exam System to get a Makeover

Taking forward the process of reforms in education, the government wants to change the question pattern of school-level examinations to give more focus on testing intelligence, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said on Wednesday.

“The present examination format in the school system helps the students perform better by memorising the subjects than using intelligence and analytical abilities,” he said.

The government is preparing an action plan to change the examination format to test the real talent of the students than encouraging them to memorise the subject contents and reproduce them in exam.

On the sidelines of a seminar on new education policy, he recalled his days in Harvard University when he had to answer questions which had no fixed answers in textbooks.

“Our professors used to tell us to take textbooks to the examination centre. But these books will not be of much help because the questions will test the real intelligence,” he said.

Sibal said school-level curriculum would also be changed.

He cited the statement of Nobel laureate Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, who, on Tuesday, said he had failed to clear the entrance tests for both the IITs and a reputed medical college decades ago.

“The examination system needs to be changed. Even a Nobel laureate could not clear JEE those days,” he said.