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A hope of redress

india Updated: Jun 12, 2012 23:20 IST

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It is quite a common human failing that when we fail to make the grade in whatever we have undertaken, we try to blame someone else. The Jharkhand human resource development minister has tried to go a step further and punish the person he blames for his woes. In this case, both his children failed in the English intermediate examination for a second year in a row. Did the dear man chastise his progeny and ask them why they did not keep their noses to the grindstone? No, he has simply sought that the state academic council head be fired. Presumably on this order being executed, the children will immediately begin to write matchless prose worthy of Leo Tolstoy. Perhaps he could have taken a lesson from some of the worthies that surround our beloved Mamata-didi.

Not for them any of that burning the midnight oil to get through examinations. No, they just award themselves degrees which some nosy journalist then goes to town about. If it were not for these spoilsports we would be talking to many more elected representatives with PhDs in particle physics and molecular biology. But we must admit that trying to get rid of the academic council head is an innovative way of ensuring that your children pass, providing the next incumbent is not too clued up in the language department.

This could be good news for many of us whose children are in the school system. When our bone lazy progeny fails an examination, we could march up to the board of education and demand the chief’s head. If our children flunk a board examination we could ask for the removal of the chairman of the board. And if our child still slips up the next time around, we will ask for nothing less than the scalp of the Union minister for human resource development, the grand vizier of education in the country. This is a lot easier than dinning some knowledge into the heads of our offspring. In future, mark our words, marks will count for a lot less than today.