THBT school examination should be redesigned to be online during the pandemic and beyond

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Motion: THBT school examination should be redesigned to be online during the pandemic and beyond

Proposition

Opposition

Theme of the debate: Education, Health.

Why is this debate?

In the status quo – being hit by the second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic – we see millions of students, one of the most vulnerable to the virus, all across the world being shoved in small classrooms to take tests, left to find a way not to get infected on their own while solving algebra. This debate calls for a change in educational structures to allow students to take their examinations online to suppress transmission.

Why is this debate?

Examination, the only accurate method to assess the backbones of the future, is necessary and must stay as efficient as it was before the pandemic. This debate exists because of the low quality safety regulations that have been imposed. The failure of the state mustn’t be felt by the people that try to rebuild it. This debate calls for structural change on how countries are handling the COVID 19 transmission.

What is the principle/message/value?

  • Sanctity of life; health.
  • Virus containment.

What is the principle/message/value?

  • Right to (proper) Education.
  • Strengthening virus containment mechanisms.

Clash points/areas:

  1. Is redesigning the educational structure worth it?
  2. Would this contribute to any change to the pandemic?
  3. Does academic opportunities widen and school reputation get better?

Clash points/areas:

  1. Is redesigning the educational structure worth it?
  2. Would students get the same or better outcomes, education?
  3. Does academic performance and school reputation get better?

Definition/model

School examination: In education, an examination is a test to show the knowledge and ability of a student.

What does it look like to redesign school examinations to be online, during the pandemic and beyond?

This looks like moving all school examinations to be taken online until the COVID pandemic situation stabilizes.

Model: we support education systems that ensure all school students take their school examinations online so as to decrease the transmission of the coronavirus.

We will have laptops or devices needed for online learning to be provided to children/students that do not have resources to access online learning. The DfE (Department for Education)/Government is to distribute  laptops and tablets to schools and other further education(FE) institutions to help pupils, students and families access remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Definition/model

School examination: In education, an examination is a test to show the knowledge and ability of a student.

What does it look like to redesign school examinations to be online, during the pandemic and beyond?

This looks like moving all school examinations to be taken online until the COVID pandemic situation stabilizes.

Model: we support the education systems and mechanisms as they are in the status quo, safeguarding policies and regulations and reformation policies can be implemented if needed.

Students would be let out in groups so as to prevent overcrowding in school areas.

We support mechanisms that directly deal with safety regulations and the corona virus. The reason why strengthening COVID policies are exclusive to our side is because when schooling/school examination is moved online, there would be no incentive to improve the outside lockdown regulations now that students are inside.

Arguments

Obligation of the state.
  • Decreasing the transmission of the virus.
  • Upholding the sanctity of lives.
Effects on the pandemic and education.
  • Paused transmission.
  • Flexible academic structure.

Arguments

Obligation of the state.
  • Provide proper education; low income students are pushed out.
  • Upholding academic principles.
Effects on the pandemic and education.
  • Better safety facilities to combat the pandemic.
  • Authentic education.

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