28 September, 2020

Pretty Good At Division

The HRD minister's approach to reform generates more scepticism than consent

Narendra Bisht
Pretty Good At Division
Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal's proposals to make Class 10 exams optional and replace marks with grades in Class 12 in CBSE schools should have had the Class of 2009-10 jump up in joy. But ask Sidhanta Kumar Marwah, a Class 12 student at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Delhi, and the response is not quite what you'd expect. "I'll endorse the HRD minister's proposals only if he assures me that examinations won't be the only yardstick for evaluating students." A keen participant in inter-school events and editor of the school magazine, Marwah's days and nights are now spent preparing for an exam that will determine the future course of life. "You could be a brilliant orator or singer, but who cares? Certainly not the examination system that marks a student for life in just three hours," he says.

But is getting rid of marks altogether the answer to the country's examination ills? The minister is following what educationists have been advising for sometime...



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