Percentage doesn?t matter
GRADING HAS been introduced to stop the rat race for 90 plus percentage. Percentage is no yardstick for academic excellence,? says CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly and warns, ?Keep off the three Cs?excessive computer, cricket and cinema.?india Updated: May 25, 2006 00:18 IST
GRADING HAS been introduced to stop the rat race for 90 plus percentage. Percentage is no yardstick for academic excellence,” says CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly and warns, “Keep off the three Cs—excessive computer, cricket and cinema.”
He was reacting to CBSE Class XII high-flyers’ strong objection to the grading system. Ganguly was in town to felicitate New Way School top scorers.
“Once the grading system is in place, the students will not fight for scoring 99 marks in each subject. This will allow them to take part in some extra-curricular activities and give them a breather from cramming textbooks and notes,” he said and added, “the board is doing many things to make the secondary education student-friendly.” “After having installed mathematics laboratories, the CBSE is coming up with an alternative to practical. “This is in addition to practical and would encourage students to attend practical classes if they wish to score good grade,” he said.
“May is about to end. Students have just nine months to make or mar their career,” he said and added, “Cricket World Cup 2007 may prove to be a big distraction. But, students must know how to handle it!”
Recalling an incident, he said: “In February 2003, a student called me up and questioned sensitivity of CBSE officials for the students. He pleaded me to postpone the examinations by two months. I told him the same thing that you decide whether you want to watch cricket match or study hard so that you may excel in the examination.”
This made an impact. The same boy called him up only to thank him for that piece of advice that changed his entire perspective towards his future.