His predecessor institutionalized the term -detoxification and at the end of his tenure Arjun Singh ended up as the most controversial education minister. Kapil Sibal, the present education minister has gone one step ahead and has come up with a proposal to scrap the 10th class board exams which has sparked off a huge debate. This is only one of the things mentioned in his 100 day ambitious plan.
According to Sibal the examination-based system is a source of trauma for both parents and students.” I think we should not let the students and their parents go through this immense trauma at a such young age”.Sibal also said it this ministry will do its best to implement the Yash Pal Committee report within 100 days. The biggest challenge would be to get the state boards on board who have reacted differently on this issue. While Gujarat is for it and UP has already gone one step ahead by implementing a grading system in 10th, other states like Punjab and WB are against it.
So what implications will this have once implemented?? The whole purpose behind scrapping the 10th boards is to free the students from stress that they undergo writing the exams. But on the contrary they will have to undergo the same exam stress when they write their 12th boards. So what’s the point in scrapping the 10th exams? Who does not lead a stressful life today and moreover 10th boards can make them lose that fear of exams when they write the all important 12th exams.
It is an age-old system. Scrapping something is easy. Kapil Sibal should clearly spell out the advantages of scrapping the Board Exam and how it will benefit the future generation. Don’t do something for instant popularity, without assessing its long term repercussions. Ridiculous mob-pandering idea. “Pressure on young kids”, sorry Mr Sibal life is about pressure, these are 14 and 15 year olds we are talking about not 6 year old babies, they need to learn to deal with pressure instead of being mollycoddled(like they are trying to do in the US and Britain) and then thrust into the world when they finish college. Percentiles will only increase pressure, not to mention the cut throat competition so that idea is pure nonsense.
Learning should be a pleasure not pressure to clear the exams. While I am against the idea of scrapping the exams, I would like to see some changes in the system. Increasing the practical portion of the overall mark is a great idea, only if practicals are not just a way for teachers to blackmail students and show off their authority, not to mention make money from tuitions. The pathetic condition of govt schools and colleges should be looked into and a serious thought should be given into the corrupt way practical exams are conducted in this country and the disparity b/w school syllabus.
Indians are renowned for their intelligence and professionalism the world over and Obama too endorses that. So Before taking a major step towards revolutionalizing the education system in India, a lot of thought needs to go into the pros and cons of implementing the changes. What is your opinion on this???