Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog 10: Tanzania grading scales lowered-Sarah Vestrat

Changes in Education are happening all over the world and not for the best. In Tanzania, Africa the government has decided to change the grading scales for students on two secondary school exams. This results from poor scores from the students on these exams.  The sad but true statistics from 2012 show that two out of three students failed the Tanzanian form four exams. This has caused many uproars from people in Tanzania many think this will cause the students to be lazy, they will not be challenged and will not work hard because they don’t have to. This is the new grading scale, students scoring 75-100 points would earn an A, 60-74 a B+, 50-59 a B, 40-49 a C, and 30-39 a D. Also there has been an introduction of the grade E which is a score 20-29 points.  F is still a failing grade of 19 points or lower.  The grading scale before allowed an A at 81 or higher, 60 to 80 is a B and 60 is C. The grading scale now isn’t allowing for students to get the education they need. There are many arguments against this new grading scale. They are saying there are ways to fix this is by paying the teachers more and providing books to the students. It was mentioned that that the education system should be under the state instead of government ran. Many are saying that Tanzania needs to go back when it was just state ran.
                How is this creating problems for Tanzania? Lowering the standards for grading is not allowing them to compete internationally. Also, the children who are being passed along because of the new grading scale may not be truly prepared for the next grade. The children who can pass are not being academically challenged, passing is too easy. Mentioned in the article is it will cause laziness this is true many of those who think it’s too easy will not try as hard. The children here are obviously not receiving a good education. How do you think this effects them when they move to colleges/universities? Will they be able to pass? Did their former schooling prepare them properly? All of these are good questions but how will Tanzania avoid these problems. The main thing is that even the teachers that are teaching many of the children are not prepared well for teaching the children, underpaid and not given enough books in order to educate the great number of children in their classroom. Greater payment would give teachers incentive to do their jobs and take them more seriously. Also, maybe the teachers need a training program to ensure that they are educating the children properly. I feel like the government is not trying to fix the problems but change the grading system in order to avoid the issue. The children are failing because they aren’t being prepared for these exams properly and the teachers are not doing their job.

Name: Sarah Vestrat
Date: 11/4/2013
Time: 10:25

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