Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Tough words by UAE education minister :: Gulf News

Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, attacked the examination and evaluation system adopted by the ministry.
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"Exam papers are poor and do not evaluate students' achievement. The entire teaching and evaluation systems are appalling. They allow every student to pass whether he or she studied or not," Shaikh Nahyan said after a tour of a number of secondary school exam centres early this week.
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He said the evaluation system must be improved. "It is unfortunate that the country spends huge funds on schools, educational aids and teachers and at the end of the academic year exams of secondary schools just suit primary school students."

Shaikh Nahyan told Gulf News last week he plans from the next academic year to make exams focus on what a student has learnt and not what he or she has memorised.
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