What do referees and examiners have in common?
Well, let’s see ……
They are humans
It is relevant to note that referees and examiners are humans. They are not some monsters or antagonists in a movie who find joy and pleasure in the pain of others. Do they make mistakes? Yeah, you betcha. But are those mistakes on purpose? We don’t think so.
They make decisions
Examiners and referees both occupy positions of authority. An examiner approves a pass for a driver license; and a referee approves a win to the winning team. Both referees and examiners make decisions according to the laws and rules governing their respective fields. Examiners, like referees, are guided by particular rules and code of ethics that do not allow them to make decisions unprofessionally.
They penalize for violations
Referees are mostly known for penalizing the team or team member found to be at fault with regards to the rules of the game. Examiners can also penalize applicants when they are found to be at fault, such as not making a full stop at stop sign intersection.
The examiner carries a clipboard to record mistakes made in every part of the exam. For instance, the driving test applicant will be penalized for not observing traffic conditions while going on a through street, or not giving a turn-signal before making a lane change, or not stopping behind the stop line at an intersection. Likewise, a referee can penalize for a disrespectful gesture or use of aggressive force against an opposing player to deliberately injure them. You can be expelled from the game if you commit a major violation.
They don’t just look for ways to punish you
Many people think of referees and examiners as a harsh master sitting on a large chair, looking over his servants with a long whip, waiting for them to make a mistake so he can whip them. This is a wrong and misguided impression of these officials.
Like we said before, referees and examiners are human beings. They make rational decisions and they are aware that players and applicants are in search of a win. For instance, a referee in charge of a basketball game will only send you off the court if you committed more than 5 fouls.
Likewise, the examiner will only fail the applicant if they violated a major traffic rule. This could be: driving through a stop sign or red light without stopping, or speeding through a school zone.
Examiners and referees are close to their respective events and they can best judge the situation based on their respective rules. We just need to respect their decision.
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