n South African Journal of Child Health - The real outcome of training : pass or fail? : editorial




The cycle of life in training institutions of all kinds is punctuated by assessments and examinations. For many students, the short-term goal of passing the test and being promoted to the next level is more important than the stated aim of gaining knowledge, skills and attitudes for a professional career. For trainers and institutions, likewise, the pass rate may become the goal. Where the value of pass or fail is more a judgement call than a mathematically defined quantity, it becomes subjectively possible to modify the definition of 'pass' to fit the pass rate!


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