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Have we found any other way to test the true education acquisition skills of our students besides written examinations? - Exploration of a new paradigm

Dudley Morgan

Emmanuel Ojo

Gerry Angel

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     Last modified: October 6, 2006
     Presentation date: 11/03/2006 10:00 AM in NT Portland B
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Education for All is one of the lofty goals of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As crucial as the goal is to achieve Education for All especially in the Third World, which is characterized by low literacy level amongst the populace, the question to ask is if the true education acquisition skills of our students have been tested and verified by written examination?

Most former British colonies in Africa were introduced to written examinations as the test of education skills’ acquisition and this has extended till present day. In this paper, the authors investigate how applicable in South Africa context written examination is able to retain skills learnt. From the evidence presented, the paper would seek to advocate a new paradigm as an alternative approach to achieving education acquisition skills of our students.

In conclusion, the authors would present Consciousness Based Education (CBE) based on the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi (SM) Programs, as a model that could be added to existing curricula of schools and universities. This technology of Consciousness Based Education could help develop the full value of the three fundamental aspect of education: the student, the subject matter and the processes of knowing.

Keyword/Phrases: Education for All, Consciousness Based Education (CBE), Human Development

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