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    Rethinking Evaluation: Beyond the Marks in Teen Education

    Inam Ansari
    April27/ 2024
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    Rethinking Evaluation

    Pithoragarh (The Hawk): In an era where academic success is often measured by numerical scores, educators and psychologists are advocating for a broader understanding of evaluation among teenagers, emphasizing that marks alone do not define future potential.
    Teenagers, ranging from 13 to 19 years old, are at a critical stage of their education in schools and colleges, a period often described by psychologists as the "stormy age." It is during these formative years that proper guidance is crucial in steering them towards the right path. Without it, they risk disorientation, a common scenario seen when teens equate their self-worth with their academic performance.
    Current educational assessments, while beneficial in tracking progress, focus primarily on the accuracy of written content, assigning marks based solely on correct responses. This method has shown its effectiveness, as seen in the consistently high scores across various subjects over the years. However, this approach might overlook the broader aspects of a student’s abilities, such as creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
    The examination system does provide structured feedback by rewarding step-by-step problem-solving, acknowledging even the smallest efforts of the students. This can be beneficial, but the prevailing view after exam results often confines students within a cycle of success or failure based purely on marks.
    Furthermore, the modern evaluation methods allow students to score high even in traditionally low-scoring subjects like languages, showcasing the adaptability and advancement of current assessment techniques. However, stakeholders must recognize that these scores are not the ultimate determinants of a student’s capabilities or future.
    Education systems also offer supplementary exams, providing multiple opportunities for students to improve their scores and learn from their mistakes. This flexibility highlights the importance of resilience and continuous effort over mere immediate success in examinations.
    As society moves forward, the call for an education system that appreciates diverse intelligences and learning styles grows louder. Both educators and parents are encouraged to shift their focus from scores to fostering an environment where creativity and imagination are nurtured, helping students to understand that an exam, much like the evaluation it entails, is not definitive of their entire educational journey or life potential.