By deciding not to announce SSC and HSC toppers, the state has helped reduce a lot of anxiety, stress and competition among students. Very often, for want of 0.5 per cent or less, a student misses a moment of glory. It’s sad and unfair. Such discrimination is discouraging.
However, in order not to dishearten demoralise students who have put in lot of effort, schools must recognise and reward them. Every school should list at least their 10 best students and recognise their effort. Coaching classes should also reward students rather than use them for their own publicity.
It would be better still, if the grading system is introduced.
This is not the right encouragement
The state government’s decision is not the right kind of encouragement to students. Was the decision taken because students who fail their exams feel left out and disgraced? But announcing names of toppers would encourage these students to do well in the next exams.
We read so much of news: Most of the time it’s some stupid famous person doing stupid things. So why can’t a common student, who has worked hard, have a little bit written about him or her along with a photograph?
Pretty Kt Mirchandani
Can’t risk lives of hundreds for a few
Doing away with a list of toppers is very good decision. Given the number of suicides among students, this is not unfair at all.
In our society, we judge students on the basis of their results. There are parents who do not consider the talent or potential of their children. For one list of a handful of students, we can’t risk the life of thousands.
Unfair to deprive deserving students
It is unfair on the part of the SSC and HSC boards not to announce the list of the toppers, since it deprives a deserving student of his or her due credit. Aren’t we proud of Vishwanathan Anand or Abhinav Bindra for being numero unos in their respective fields?
So, why should the government take away the joy and pride of the student who has not only used intelligence but also worked hard to achieve success? Who aspires to be a topper:
A student who plans properly and knows how to couple merit with sincerity and hard work. Why should we only look at the negative aspects? Why can’t we think about the positive side of merit-listing a student?
Merit lists are discriminatory
Brownie points to the state for not declaring toppers! It is a prudent move that will get rid of discrimination on the basis of ranks and shows concern for students of every IQ level.
The media goes overboard when the results are announced and cash in only on the toppers. In fact, the performance of toppers cannot be the ultimate benchmark as students could be doing well in extra-curricular activities such as sports, dance and theatre, which, deplorably is not given much weightage in our education system.
But it is also true that students who have proved their mettle should be lauded for their hard work.
Will end unhealthy competition
Students who worked really heard and expected to see their names in the merit lists will now be disappointed. It will also become difficult to gauge the standard of teaching in various institutes. They may have to prepare their own merit list.
But, in spite of these hiccups, the decision to do away with a list of toppers is a welcome move. It will help reduce unnecessary pressure on students and do away with unhealthy competition among various institutions.
Also, when CBSE and ICSE do not have an official list of toppers, why should the SSC and HSC have them?
Bhalchandra P. Waghe