An examination hall is the place where children/ students sit to give their final achievement report. Here their years’ hard work is to be tested and assessed, and approved and rewarded – all this here, in the examination hall.
Inside the hall, students are as though tied down to a set of disciplined rules and regulations but, the most interesting sights are the scenes before they enter the hall and after they come out of the hall.
The scene in front of the hall just before the start of the examination is worth watching, especially when one is himself not on examinee and does not have to enter the hall of terror. When the students are getting ready for the final onslaught, it appears that, they have all gathered in front of the butcher’s to be slaughtered.
Their faces are fallen as though the world had come to an end, and they are the only ones to know about it. However, in the midst of this morose lot of unhappy souls, there are also a few, quite a few who are apparently waiting for the paper and are quite satisfied with the world to come.
Students are seen discussing important problems in small or big groups, some individual students walking alone in a corner as if brushing up the memories of what they learnt last evening. Others are looking into their notes or books as if they are looking into them for the first time, and so, they are obviously disturbed.
It looks as if they are trying hard to assimilate all that is possible in this period of wait. No matter what they are doing nervousness is the hallmark of the moment, which is written large on each and every face. It is only the degrees of nervousness that differ but they are all – yes all very nervous.
There is a loud hustle and bustle in front of the hall, and the scene is one so obvious that even a passerby cannot miss. All the hue and cry comes to a creeping halt, once the hall is opened for the execution, and the students are ushered inside.
Now, the scene changes from faith in one’s own studying to that of faith in God. All students getting in to the slaughter houses of the examination are apparently now praying to the Almighty to help them as they sit in.
Once they sit in, it is all-silent and each one gets busy with the paper, and all get quiet and serious. The next scene of great interest will come when the exam is over and the children come out of the hall, executed or exonerated.
When they come out of the hall, the scene is once again simply note worthy, and one of mixed feelings and attitudes. Some of the examinees, who have done well, can be located easily among the big crowd, as, their faces are lit with joy and satisfaction.
And they appear as though full of an air of superiority over the others. Those who have not fared too well are once again crestfallen, for the hopes they harbored are, at last blown away. They are once again looking nervous and disappointed, with faces yellow and pale looks and they are in no mood to talk or discuss any question or the paper with any of their colleagues.
There is still another group of children who do not seem to understand their position regarding the paper. They do not seem to know how they have fared. They are the lot who are the most indifferent to the paper, and their attitude is one of absolute indifference to the paper gone by. It looks as if they could not care less for whatever has happened.
With this conglomeration of feelings, of attitudes, there is a mixed scene in front of an examination hall, even after the paper is over. The feelings of fear, hope and making of effort have all given way to satisfaction, complete disappointment, or indifference.
The commonality of the two scenes before and after the exam is one of noise, discussions, and chatter. The feelings and attitudes change but the noise remains the same. Before the exam it was the noise of reading, discussing and, after the exam the limit is a mixture of happiness, abuses for the paper and the teachers.
Thus, the scenes before and after the exam, in front of an examination hall are very interesting and worthy of note, Though the exam creates an awe, it appears as though there is no other feasible and practical alternative to this method of testing children for whatever they have studied and learnt.
That would thus imply that, this awesome activity cannot, just cannot be dispensed with – so, let us remember at this juncture that, “what cannot be cured has got to be endured”, and so the exams have to be adjusted with till an alternative is found by educationists.