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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Grading system detrimental for education: Dhumal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, September 08, 2013
First Published: 19:31 IST(8/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:33 IST(8/9/2013)

Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday urged the union government to review the grading system of examination.

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“This system is proving detrimental for students' education,” Dhumal said, adding that the system has stopped competitive development among students. “Students have stopped studying seriously,” he said.

Dhumal said the union government had scrapped the number-based assessment system without preparation and in haste, while the then BJP government had opposed scrapping the number-based examination system.

“Grading system has halted the overall development of students,” added Dhumal.

He said this American educational system (AES) was not viable for country such as India and before implementing it fully, the government should rethink.

“In our country, it will take many years to develop infrastructure so that this system could be implemented with success,” added Dhumal.

Expressing concern over implementation of AES in India, he said some negative aspects had surfaced in America on this system.

“It has been learnt that the grading system was not successful in America,” he said, adding that even American President Barack Obama conceded the superiority of Indian and Chinese educational system.

Dhumal accused the union government of implementing this system on baseless facts.

He said the reason behind the move was that Indian students were committed suicide due to overburden of education, while the real cause was psychological pressure due to many social factors.

“A student will be mentally tough when he will prepare for some competition or such examination,” added Dhumal.

Though the system was successful in some cities, it has completely failed in rural areas, which were still deprived of basic infrastructure in educational system, said Dhumal.

“This would create a huge gap between rural and urban India, which would prove harmful for the integrity of nation,” he added.

Dhumal said what would happen when after completing Class 12, a student would have to sit for competitive examination.

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