Hello there! The HSC results were out yesterday and Bombay suffered a big fall in its pass percentage! Not only that but I've seen a lot of eyes crying out in fear of parents and read a lot in the news about suicides. Regular right? Why? Why is it regular?
I don't understand one thing! When results are about to be declared, I read all over the papers about people saying that "Marks are not everything." , "There's life after failing." , etc. But doesn't this thing go into the heads of our educational ministers and principals and our so called 'reformers'?
Why is our educational system so marks oriented? "I have to get 90% or I won't get admission in a good college." Whatever happened to sheer talent and skill?
I was happy a few months back when St. Xavier's college announced that it has got the go-ahead for autonomy. For those not in the know, Autonomy implies that a college can choose its own portion and studies while at the same time students can choose subjects from different streams. So that means I could have chosen Literature, Psychology and Chemistry altogether.
But almost a year has passed and there's still no sight of autonomy.
Our schools also are so rigid about few things. For instance it is compulsory to study 3 languages till our 10th standard and then 2 languages till 12th. What about people who don't have a flair for languages? I spoke to my friend who is in Auckland right now. He tells e that his brother was allowed to leave his Science subject in the 7th grade itself just because he didn't have an interest in it. He could instead study only those subjects he liked.
In our country, only ICSE and CBSE boards allow for such freedom, although its not on the same scale. Hopefully our administrators will pay heed to the pleas of students (and psychologists and psychiatrists in the newspapers alike) and provide some flexibility.
After all marks are not everything. If it were we wouldn't have the bulb under which we usually study hard to pass the exams!