The straightforward response to individuals who are outraged by the practice of exchanging and checking examination answers on the Internet is: don’t be. Or rather, if you are bothered by these publications – especially from the tuition centres – then don’t visit them.
Remind me: why is this even news? Do we really expect the providers to stop?
Here’s the “debate”. Parents are worried that their children might be distracted after checking their answers, and consequently be unable to concentrate for their remaining assessments. It “could demoralise them and affect (their) performance (in) subsequent papers”. They are also worried that it would create more stress and pressure, and serve to “pique even more competitiveness among students”. This practice seems really reprehensible!
I thought the more interesting takeaway was whether national test-takers should be allowed to review their assessed scripts, to understand where they might have gone wrong. The purposes of streaming, standardisation, and school admissions notwithstanding, if examinations are supposed to help schoolchildren compare and evaluate their own performance, then post-examination diagnostics should be provided. “We forget that an examination is an excellent channel to ascertain our personal progress, and the areas for improvements. As it stands, test-takers are simply given their grades and final scores, without a breakdown or analysis of their performance in the respective subject components (here and here).
Plus, it compels test-markers and assessors to be much more rigorous too.