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Surfer's article: Marking malaise

With the best of efforts students appear for the boards, But the result is not even close to their expectations, writes Smriti Arora.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 13:53 IST

"Do your best and leave the rest to God". This line must be familiar to the students, especially the ones appearing for X and XII class boards.
Indeed a very crucial time for class XII students as their future and career depends upon the board results.

With the best of efforts and preparation students appear for the boards and the papers too go well, But the result is not even close to their expectations!
This is the fate of some students who suffer a setback and lose on the admissions to potential colleges, just because of the devious checking patterns.

From the last few years, it has become a trend; where good students fair much less than expectation while the mediocre ones acquire a high bracket of scores.

Such checking patterns demoralise good students and their self-esteem stoops low. Not able to get into colleges of their choice, further stresses them out. It leaves such an impact on the students that they even try to commit suicide.

The saddest part is that the institutions, which are responsible for such checking, are least bothered and refuse to make a change in their system. Being totally aware of their mistake, they don't even make an attempt to look into the matter, just for the sake of their reputation.

But, the truth is that due to such discrepancies in the system they are losing the trust of the people, which in turn is going against Their reputation.

Being the masses, the least we can do is raise a voice against such practices and hope it brings out a positive change. Its high time, these institutions wake up and smell the coffee, the sooner they attend to these calls the better for them. Central Board Of Secondary Education should now wake up and see the trends of marking. If such gross negligence continues, in no time, our education system will crumple.

Now, those deserving students are frustrated who couldn't make it to the colleges of their choice but tomorrow those students who have got into such colleges will be frustrated, the reason being, not able to cope up with the other students.

Either CBSE should mend its ways of examining the students or Delhi University should start off entrance examinations for all courses, with a reasonable eligibility criteria.

Why should the students suffer with no fault of theirs?

Parul Adlakha
Amity International School, Noida