New Delhi, May 27: After a much legal battle, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India’s largest school board on Sunday announced its results. As per the announced results, Raksha Gopal of Amity International School, Noida topped the board with whopping 99.6 percent. Also Read - CII Calls For Foreign Trade Policy, Export Finance Expansion
Announcing the results, a CBSE official said the passing percentage in the year 2017 went below from 83.05 per cent to 82 per cent in comparison with the previous year but what is more perturbing is the fact despite its decision of doing away with moderation, it was not implemented and the marks scored by Raksha Gopal establish it more clearly. Also Read - 'Customers Looking For Alternates Amid Rising Petrol, Diesel Prices'
Being a student of humanities, we all know the stream does not comprise subjects like Maths and Physics, with step by step marking, ensuring 100 per cent marks. But the topper girl managed to score 100 in subjects like Political Sciences and English. Political Science, being a humanities subject, tests your understanding of political systems and philosophies. Also Read - Wolves vs Sevilla Live Streaming Details UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final: All You Need to Know
Philosophy in its scope leaves space for criticism and introspection. So, the question remains pertinent, if the subject in itself raises doubts, how can a student of an imperfect subject be a perfect knowing person of the subject.
Similar, question arises in case of a subject like English Literature where the comprehension skills of a student are judged. It’s agreeable a student is judged on few questions of a question paper but how a student is judged if she used the words in the perfect manner? Just to remind you, English remains the second language for majority of India. Our thoughts develop in our native and regional languages.
Even a marvellous writer of English Literature like Charles Dickens would have baffled by the perfect marks in a subject which compels the English speaking people to give a second thought while presenting their views. Certainly, perfect marks for the students is dangerous for their self-development.
Perfect Marks ensure the zeal to learn new aspects of the subject is eliminated. Is Raksha responsible for this systemic failure? I believe, not at all. I still remember a conversation with a Delhi University professor who emphasised why we are producing no scientists who could make new discoveries in fundamental sciences.
Upon my insistence, he said our school education system does not allow our student to think critically. I asked him India produces numerous amount of scientist wh0 serve in reputed organisations like NASA. The professor clarified being a scientist and a scientific labour are two different things.
We still lag behind America and Europe in launching new satellites to explore chances of life beyond the periphery of our solar system. Even after scoring 99.6 percent marks, why students like Raksha need to run into corridors of Hindu and Shri Ram College of Commerce because the elite institutions too have lost their mind in igniting new thoughts and ideas?
Why prestigious institutions like Princeton and Columbia University still prefer synopsis and entrance for admitting a student instead of mere scores? Because scores does not depict the level of your creativity and innovation. Bill Gates found a company which changed our lives just because he challenged the existing system of Computer sciences.
Forget US, why companies like Infosys need to impart one year training to engineers hired after “campus placement”? Just because the students fell victim to a marking system flawed in accessing the capabilities of the students furthered by higher education institutions.
A sinister part is played by schools when they allot full marks in practical papers of History and other subjects. I am sure even after charging hefty fees from parents, no student was taken to Rakhigarhi, India’s largest historical site believed to connected with Indus Valley civilisation, merely 100 kilometres from NCR.
Central and State boards need to come out of this tussle of ego whose students are admitted in “best” institutions of India because we failed to develop world class institutions and the boards should stop this mockery of students!
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