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One week examination culture: To be sustained or discontinued?

For over six years now, one issue that has become permanent in the various discourses among students is the one-week of examination culture which was initiated and had been sustained by the university.

As a unique university that desires to instil the culture of seriousness in students, Kwara State University decided to introduce one week of examination and one week of marking and computation of results as a culture. This had been sustained for about seven years now.

But each time examination approaches, the debate begins as to whether the one week of exam culture is indeed necessary or if it should be reviewed. However, as it had been since its introduction and up till now, there are two schools of thoughts on this issue. That is, those who support it and those against it.

Those who support the one week of examination say it enhances the standard of graduates of the university because they are trained under tough condition, hence they will be able to cope under extremely tough conditions in the outside world.

Others also argue that reading by students ought to begin from the beginning of a semester and that reading for examinations naturally should be seen only as a revision, hence serious students should have no problem with the one week of examination rule. They canvass that the one week culture also prevents procrastination habit in reading.
Some also think that the one week of exam culture keeps the fire of knowledge burning in students because they know that in one week they would have to account for all they had learnt. They reason that KWASU, by that rule, is able to prove that the university is not for lazy students.

But others think otherwise and think the one week of examination rule should be reviewed because it is counter-productive. According to this group, one week of examination causes information overload and may make many students to get confused when they have two or three examinations in a day.

Rushing the examinations, according to this group, lowers students’ productivity and performance in examinations, while another set reason that many students break down during or after the examination from exhaustion. They canvass that many students in view of their upbringing and lifestyle have fragile health and that too much tension may cause complications for them.

Some also maintain that one week of examination does not determine a student’s level of seriousness, adding that to truly test students’ level of knowledge, they should be given ample time to prove it.

Finally they argue that the one week culture only make students to read to pass and not to read to learn. In short, while the first group thinks the culture should be retained, the second group thinks it should be jettisoned.

However, we at KWASU TIMES think there is wisdom in both positions. But rather than take a middle position, we will only throw a poser to illuminate the matter. What is the motivation for the one week exam culture? It is for the good of all? Does it disadvantage the majority? Does it cause harm to some or lead to health loss?

Thus, based on these posers, if the purpose is merely to be different from others, we need to have a rethink and evaluate it again. We believe we should only strive to be different on the pursuit of good. But if in being different, we cause harm to students, we think there is a need review our approach. We in KWASU TIMES therefore, look forward to a date of debate on this issue, and taking a decision on its future.

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