Gender Kid's Corner

Start preparing for examinations now

FOR some, the beginning of a new year comes with its resolutions and promises; but very few people are able to sustain these up to the end of the year. Some resolutions go right through the window within the first month.
I propose one special resolution for children, especially those going into exam classes when most schools commence next week. My resolution is that they should study hard from the beginning of the year. They should resolve to work and study hard from the first day as there is no time to relax until after the exams because the year will move by so quickly.
A word of advice to a child who feels it is too early to start preparing for exams: it is important to choose friends who are studious because they will be a positive influence. By hanging around with such friends, a child who does not feel like studying will still be able to have school-related discussions, which serve as a form of studying as opposed to indulging in anti-social behaviour.
Once again, I would like to advise parents and guardians to take time to know the sort of friends their child associates with, especially when away from home, because this is where some children fall into the trap of peer pressure. As parents or guardians, it is equally important to know each other as adults, to forestall any surprises. Children, being who they are, once they realise that the adults are acquainted with each other, are not likely to misbehave for fear of being reported upon.
However, for a child who is focussed on the challenges that lie ahead and with right friends, there is no need to use underhand methods such as exam malpractices to make good grades. When children mix with peers with the same yearning for education, they encourage each other as they do not want to leave their friends behind or suffer embarrassment of poor performance. It is common to find some children who have been together from primary school right up to higher institutions of learning because they shared the same dreams to succeed.
Exam malpractices have become quite common in the recent past and such practices are at the core of the erosion of the education standards in the country, which is not fair for those children who genuinely study and prepare adequately.
It must be inculcated in the children that exams are not meant as punishment but given to prepare them as they carve out their lives as adults who are expected to assume different roles in the development process of the country as the future of tomorrow.
One of the most important principles children must realise is that in order for an exam result to be credible, it should be taken in accordance to set rules and regulations so that those who perform well are allowed to proceed to the next higher grade. Some children want to reap where they did not sow by taking short cuts. This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated at all and it discourages those that are hard-working and encourages laziness.
Furthermore, exam malpractices negatively affect all aspects of society. They have the potential to destroy all the gains that Zambia has achieved in the education sector. It is, therefore, important for everyone to work together to have zero-tolerance to exam malpractices. It is my hope that all exams for 2015 will be free of any form of malpractice; that’s the best legacy for all our children.
Remember, children are our future.
Until next week, take care.;

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