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No ego problems, insecurity among children: Expert

The government will not be announcing a list of toppers this year or releasing merit lists when the SSC and HSC results come out, a decision that parents, students and principals have welcomed.

mumbai Updated: May 25, 2010 02:15 IST
Bhavya Dore

The government will not be announcing a list of toppers this year or releasing merit lists when the SSC and HSC results come out, a decision that parents, students and principals have welcomed.

“This is a fantastic move,” said Rekha Jagasia, principal of Kamla High School and Junior College at Khar.

“It means that even those students who do well but don’t top need not feel they are any less. Also, now teachers and parents won’t compare results, so it’s a win-win situation in every way.”

The government’s rationale is that by doing away with the system, students will be less competitive and anxious about their results.

The HSC results will be available online on Tuesday, while the board will probably announce the SSC results ten days later.

It also means comparisons between students will cease.

“Students often feel bad because parents tend to compare children on the basis of merit lists and toppers’ scores,” said Rajni Rapol, a student of KC College.

“But the government’s decision not to announce these will mean the pressure from comparisons won’t be there.”

Parents also hailed the government’s decision, describing it as a “very good move”.

“It is a late step, but a necessary step that the government has taken,” said Dinesh Dubey.

“This means there won't be ego problems and feelings of insecurity among children.”

But not everyone is enamoured by this move to bring down competition levels.

“These things are part of the charm and the fun of the exams,” said Rohan Bhat, principal of Children’s Academy School at Malad. “They should at least tell us who the top five in the city are.”