An excellent message to all teachers and whoever is involved in promoting education; let's re-think on the best approach of evaluating our students!

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A student studying in Russia says:
The highest score for most of the exams in Russia is 5.
If a student does not answer any question and returns back his exam paper blank, with no question answered, he gets 2 out of 5.

In my first days at the University of Moscow, I did not know about this system and I was surprised and asked Dr. Theodor Medraev: "Is this fair that a student did not answer any question and you give him 2 out of 5? Why not give him a zero ?
Isn't that the right way ?"

He answered:
"How can we give a Human Being a zero ?
How can we give him a zero to someone who was getting up at 7 am to attend all the lectures ?
How can we give him a zero since he got up in this cold weather, and used public transport and reached to do the exam in time, and tried to solve the questions ?
How can we give him a zero for the nights he used to study and spent his money on pens and notebooks and bought a computer for studying ?
How can we give him a zero when he left all other life styles and pursued his studies ?

Here my son, we do not give a zero to a student just because he did not know the answer. We at least try to respect the fact that this is a Human Being, and he is having a brain, and he tried.

Because this result which we give, is not just for the questions in the exam paper, it is also about showing appreciation and respect to the fact that this is a Human Being and deserves to have a score."

Truly I cried and did not know how to respond. There I knew my value as a Human Being. Zeros can actually decrease motivation on students, and can quickly destroy them and make them stop caring about their studies altogether.

Once a zero score has been put in the grade book, they need no longer care about that subject and they may assume that, there’s nothing they can do about it.
 

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As far as that system is concerned! Getting 40% doesn't change the fact that u wrote nothing, an nothing is equal to nothing else but zero.
Wamebadili jina tu ila maana itabaki palepale

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Samily de cruze

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Duh sasa kwa walimu wa Tanzania wanakucholea zero na kukuwekea masikio

Ninakumbuka kipindi nilipo kuwa primary somo la hesabu lilikuwa chenga na mwalimu alikuwa akitoa exercise ukazingua anakucholea katuni kweny mtiani alafu adhabu yake sasa ni kufinywa na darasa zima kwa dakika moja.

Kaka usiombe ni hatar wengine walikuwa wakifuga kucha kwaajir ya kufinya viazi ambao wanazingua
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Sasa nashangaa wenzetu uwekewa ziro dah ndiyo maana Watanzania hatuendelei

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Samily de cruze

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Samily de cruze, Mwanafunzi aliyepata zero ukimwongezea 40% utakua umemfanya kua bora zaidi?

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Mimi nasema hapana kiasi furan ila ukimuandikia zero pia inamvunja moyo so ni bora umuandikie 40% for benefit

Japo watoto au vijana wa sasa ukimuandikia 40% hato weka mkazo wa kusoma maana anajua kila siku atakuwa akiandikiwa 40% so kwa sababu ya tabia na akili zetu watanzania no bora tuandikiwe zero

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