Another UPA HRD minister continuing the legacy of his predecessors i.e. acting on merely his whims and fancies without properly thinking the outcome and consequences of his actions. This time it isn't reservations, this time it is something that completely breaks the backbone of our education system-- Scrapping the board exams.
With an eye to the future voters the Minister has come up with this draconian plan that removes the base around which a child's career is built.
Today an Indian student is considered superior than his western and eastern counterparts. An Indian professional is so much adept that he is feared by even the most powerful man in the world- The President of the United States who very recently said "Say no to Bangalore and Yes to Buffalo".
What is it that makes the Indian professional so much coveted by all the companies around the world? What makes him so successfull?
The answer is the competitive environment they find themselves into right at the childhood. By the time they leave college they are so much matured and so much used to hard working that they can easily take work pressures and get success in any field of life. It is the competitive attitude that builds inside the child that takes him to new heights in his career.
The reason given behind the scrapping-- To free the student of the stresses..
Hmm the minister must understand that a diamond becomes a diamond only after it undergoes high pressure and heat in the core of earth without which it is nothing but a lump of coke.
Another reason given is suicides..well suicides are there but how many?? 10-15-20-25 that is it..Now exams cannot be blamed for 25 committing suicide out of 25 million appearing for boards. The real culprits are the atmospheres at home which forces the students to take this step.
The minister says to stop all board exams and have a single test for all entrances.. Now will that single test wont traumatize the students? Also for hundreds of courses will we be now having a separate test for all? A nation wide test for law, a nationwide test for history. a test for literature etc etc...will that hold any meaning?
Also the students whole career will be based on his performance in those 2 hours of test..how fair will that be??
Now he comes up with another plan a grading system in boards.. So now some one having say 89 marks out of 100 will have the same grade as the one having 80 ( considering the various slabs of grading) so there it will kill merit. Not fair not fair at all to the ones burning the mid night oil to get good marks.
For grading system based on performance in school well I can only give a laugh..In a country where schools try any measure to get a "100%" result in boards which are fair, what will they do if they have the power to grade their students all by themselves?? Lol..teacher's pet anyone? I certainly wasnt one so maybe I would have failed under the proposed system...
As far as excelling in extra curricular activities are concerned students still have a lot of time for them right from Kindergarten classes to class 9th and then class 11th..It won't hurt to devote a couple of years from those 13-14 yrs of school life to studies.
The minister has to understand that competition builds confidence, it gives maturity, the strength to face the world and a platform for career building.
Moreover since the minister stresses that 10th board is not as important as the 12th boards then why not let it be??