Saturday, September 03, 2005

2 in 1

I was checking out Oman Tribune's newly launched website when I came across this news item:
Promotion for failed students in the offing

There is good news for students as the new school year approaches. Ahead of the September 3 school year reopening day, the Ministry of Education has decided to promote grade 5 to grade 11 students who failed in only one subject in the school year 2004-2005, to the next grade.

The Ministry of Education's solution to the overcrowding of schools is to push students through the system even if they're failing. This year any student who's failing just one subject will be pushed to the next grade without a make-up exam. And those failing multiple subjects will be given make-up exams in each of the failing subject even if they exceed three. In the past failing three subjects meant that you repeat the grade. Now you can take 3 or 4 make-up exams at the end of the summer and get pushed through to the next grade. Basically a student has to be a really miserable failure to repeat the year.

God help us all.


Blue Chi said...

This was in the Arabic papers today, I think that it's really horrible, if someone fails the a subject it should meant this person is not qualified to enter the next level of that subject.

Beast said...

The education system in whole is horrible in here.

This IS the right decision to make but only IF we had an education system that doesn't just focus on the academic side of education.

Sadly, we don't have that. If you were born with a gift that is not related to any academic field of study, then tuff luck. You need to follow THE book.

Mansur said...

This may seem like a short term, temporary solution to the problem, but come graudation time with these students in the real world, then the real test comes for their education. What guarantee is there that these students who have passed a year depsite failing a class succeed in the real world....they do need to come up with stricter policies, and provide extra tuition to those students who are failing in their classes...because if a student knows he will not proceed to the next grade, that student will be forced to study hard to pass....


Lym said...

But I don't see how is this different from the trend of enhancing finals marks/grades of Thanawiyah Ammah Students , so they don't fail or repeat the year.

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