Will Handwriting Soon Become Irrelevant?

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    • Publish Date: Sep 12 2017 1:09PM
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    • Updated Date: Sep 12 2017 5:12PM
Will Handwriting Soon Become Irrelevant?

The UK’s prestigious Cambridge University is mulling scrapping an over 800-year-old practice of handwritten exams in favour of using laptops or iPads due to the deterioration in students’ handwriting. 


Why this move?
  • A growing reliance on laptops has led to students’ writing becoming increasingly illegible, academics said. 
  • In fact, according to Dr Sarah Pearsall, a senior lecturer at Cambridge’s history faculty, handwriting is becoming a “lost art” among the current generation of students. 
  • “As a faculty, we have been concerned for years about the declining handwriting problem.  It is difficult for both the students and the examiners as it is harder to read these scripts,” she added. 
  • Moreover, an increasing number of scripts are having to be transcribed centrally, meaning that students with poor writing are forced to come back to their college during the summer holidays to read their answers aloud in the presence of two university administrator, said Pearsall. nCambridge University has now launched a consultation on the topic as part of its “digital education strategy”, having already piloted an exam typing scheme in the history and classics faculties earlier this year.

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Hemalatha.G Sethu Bhaskara Matriculation Higher Secondary Scho

What an evolution! People could not write legibly. This is so bad. I read in many articles that your HW will tell about your character. This is a beautiful art. We should not lose it. It''s good that Cambridge has got a solution but I''m not happy that students couldn''t write properly. How will the future gen be?

Vishesh Gupta RSBV -Surajmal vihar

I think it''s a nice decision . Now, exams are taken through laptops examiners easily check what students write . But improving writing is also very important because writing is basic and at lots of places we don''t write on laptops so we need to handwrite if handwriting is not sufficient or good to understand so it causes problem for that students. But that''s a nice decision because its a digital generation . It''s a Superb decision .

Vishesh Gupta RSBV -Surajmal vihar

A nice solution by Cambridge University. But Handwriting is an very beautiful art . A nice decision by Cambridge university

Lubhna Dongre Centre Point School

handwriting is an art, which not just presents a person but also improves him personally. This is not a good move, as just because of poor handwriting which can be improved, they have turned to digit world. Using technology to an extent is healthy but once is start to paralyze you, it is harmful. This is what will do. Students will forget to use their hand and will be always in need of laptop for even a small thing. I could never imagine a world without handwriting...

CHHAVI RANA RUKMINI DEVI PUB. SCHOOL(PITAMPURA)

Seriously, great writing is becoming a rare art... We need to conserve it.

YUVANSHI JAIN Ryan International School, kharghar

Yes, in the near future it might become a thing,when the days of using pen and paper may be numbered and the traditional way of jotting down a hand-written note may becoming redundant or probably our near 3rd generation may see handwritten stuffs in museums.

Akhilesh Rawat Army Public School Clement Town

I think it''s too early to make a conclusion that handwriting will soon become a thing of past. As our history suggest that how handwritten manuscripts and other handwritten things are still found , but we cannot rely on computers for storing data for millions of years . Yes, today our generation is tech savvy but the importance of handwriting and handwritten notes will always be there!!.

Aditi Paul Jain Heritage

These days the means of communication is emails.The handwritten letters are out of date.Students write for exams , homework and academic purpose.After completing the education, people use other methodologies.Even for entrance exams,objective type questions are asked.So how a child will get encouraged to write in a legible handwriting ?

ESHAL REZA Shri Shikshayatan School

Handwriting can never become irrelevant because it is an art which present a person''s personality. Handwriting should not be dismissed instead a good handwriting should be promoted and students should be encouraged to write neat and clean.

Upagya wahal St. Paul's clllege

Writing is an art. Infact it is a skill. As in this technological word we have already lost the cultural heritage and the art of living, this should be carried on. In the other hand if we say, this is an exercise for our hand. It isn''t irrelevant. Time and again we have found many inscribed writings . It depicts our skills and also a last mark for our future

Tanishka KHAITAN PUBLIC SCHOOL(NOIDA SEC_40)

well not to contradict anyone but this is a poor decision. The art of writing has been carried for generations. it gives an insight into ones nature. I myself love writing and am a passionate calligraphy writer. The art of handwriting should be preserved we should not let technology take over our traditions. It will just inculcate indifference to writing. we should teach children to be independence from machines otherwise the day is not far when they will take over every aspect of life.

Dilsher Singh Chatha Bhavan Vidyalaya Panchkula

Its bad . Students can''t even write properly? It''s very shameful. What will the next generation do if we can''t even write properly?

Pandu Sree Narayana Vidya Bhavan

The UK’s prestigious Cambridge University is mulling scrapping an over 800-year-old practice of handwritten exams in favour of using laptops or iPads due to the deterioration in students’ handwriting. Why this move? A growing reliance on laptops has led to students’ writing becoming increasingly illegible, academics said. In fact, according to Dr Sarah Pearsall, a senior lecturer at Cambridge’s history faculty, handwriting is becoming a “lost art” among the current generation of students. “

Pandu Sree Narayana Vidya Bhavan

The UK’s prestigious Cambridge University is mulling scrapping an over 800-year-old practice of handwritten exams in favour of using laptops or iPads due to the deterioration in students’ handwriting. Why this move? A growing reliance on laptops has led to students’ writing becoming increasingly illegible, academics said. In fact, according to Dr Sarah Pearsall, a senior lecturer at Cambridge’s history faculty, handwriting is becoming a “lost art” among the current generation of students. “

R.Nidharshana KENSRI ACDEMY OF EXCELLENCEMARIANAP

Handwriting is important to all students

Roma Ramcoumar Bethel Mat Hr Sec School

I agree with hemalatha . Handwriting expose our characters . Handwriting contributes to reading fluency .I also insist that good handwriting has a positive impact on grades . Moreover it activates our brains . Nowadays due to the advancement in technology children and adults both lost the habit of writing neatly . So guys lets take a step forward .

Shweta Ullala National Academy For Learning

This is bad news! One''s character is based on their handwriting! If handwriting becomes irrelevant...

Nihal ST JOSEPH''S SCHOOL, MALAKPET

Yeah for sure the hand writing would vanish as the years pass on ..and I think it''s not so important as we use just to arrange our thoughts in a sequence

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