On your marks… grades set… go

Quest: A schools’ initiative from The Indian express

Published:October 21, 2013 12:06 am

The Indian Education system has taken a step forward with the introduction of grading system in 2009-10. It will help in reducing the pressure on students during exams. In the last five years,the meaning of education has changed for students,resulting in myriad forms of education policies.

Watching children succumbing to the undue pressure of scoring high marks is horrifying. A point to note here is the thinking of the society,which puts lots of pressure on students “to perform”.

This pressure from schools,parents,peer groups and society takes away the youthfulness of a child. Further,health reports also support that this often causes hazards such as body aches,fatigue and depression. Looking at today’s education scenario,the board of senior education has introduced educational counsellors and child psychologists in schools to boost the confidence of students and mentally prepare them for the board examination. This method has helped in reducing stress.

Understanding the board exam system in India and its relation with students is of great importance in present times. While coping with the expectations of schools,parents and society and keeping pace with their talent,students face a lot of hardships. Thus,the implementation of a grading system is a boon for students.

Khuzaima Banatwal,IX,

LR & SM Vissanji Academy

I think it is necessary to change the old system of education and grading.

There are two sides to everything,positive and negative. The negative aspect of grading system is that it stresses the students and creates inferiority complex.

I think most people like it because according to them,there is no difference in someone who scores 91 per cent and another who gets 99 per cent.

Grading system is excellent in the sense that it will help reduce suicide cases.

Priyanka Guha,

Cambridge School,Kandivali (E)

There was a time when ranks were considered the measure of students’ intelligence. The ranking system successfully produced more tape recorders as students than knowledge seekers. Emphasis was more on high ranks than on intelligence.

A difference of one or two marks resulted in the first ranker being called a great achiever,though the next in line probably had the same level of intelligence. The system gradually changed and intelligence is now measured more by performance than by a single number.

Today,the grading system recognises the potential of students with similar capabilities. This makes them feel that they will get opportunities to prove their capabilities as much as the other. The system has been able to boost the confidence of students and encourages them to acquire knowledge and apply their intelligence.

R Jyothshri,

Cambridge School,Kandivali (E)

It started with 100 marks written test,when getting 70-80 per cent was a great achievement. As time passed,the marking system in school also changed. Schools started 80 marks written and 20 marks oral test. Then it was then 60 marks written and 40 marks oral test,and finally,50 marks written and 50 marks oral.

Now,any one can easily get good marks and today,we have the grading system. This system has affected the different categories of students in different ways. Now,there is no difference between an average student or an above-average student.

To prevent cases of suicide,the government has made it compulsory to pass all students till Std VIII. However,this has only increased their problem as students don’t take studies seriously and after 8th,they find it difficult to solve a simple sum.

The best grading system was the 100 marks paper,but as other activities are equally important,the 80+20 pattern can also be followed. The latest grading system is not appropriate for students and their future.

Kartik Singh,VIII – D,

St Augustine’s High School

India’s education system is actually a thing to fret about. Gone are the days when exams were an opportunity for students to outperform each other.

The grading system has taken away the competitive spirit of students. However,the Government of India thinks that favouring weaker students would actually improve their education level.

According to the current grading system,a child securing 90 marks and another obtaining 100 marks are clubbed int the same grading span. It does not take much intelligence to differentiate between the marks and maybe their IQ levels. So are we doing justice to the brilliant minds?

First,they removed the merit list to stop cases of suicide. Secondly,they made promotion till Std VIII compulsory. Now,this grading system.

Instead of encouraging students to perform better,we are making school life easier for them. Consequences? Immense pressure at the time of graduation. Solution… Revive the marks system.

Rakshit vivek ganvir,X-b,St augustine’s high school

Grading system is better than marking system. Students and their guardians go under unnecessary pressure. If the children do not get good grades,their interest in learning is diminished. They prefer easy tasks,not because they are lazy,but because they are rational. A student’s performance is significantly improved when they face a grading system based on student ranking rather than performance standards. The outcome is improved among the high performers but not at the expense of low performers. In this competitive world,grading system reduces stress on the students.

Bhoomika Jagdish Wadhwa,Cambridge School,Kandivali (E)

Generally,students focus on exams and marks. They do not concentrate on the application of a subject. Grading system basically tells us how much capability we have. It has merits as well as demerits.

Advantages: Scholarships are offered. Students develop self-confidence. They have a higher self-esteem. Disadvantages: Students have a low confidence level and are fearful. They think that their works is less valuable. It creates a gap between students who get good marks and those who don’t.

The main point is the thinking of the people. Nowadays,people judge students on the basis of their marks but marks do not define the behaviour of the student.

Grade creates divide. I am not saying that the system should be abolished,but it should be accorded less importance. The main objective is to mould the personality of a student and let her or him achieve goals.

Sai Sanjiv Nehete,VIII-A ,Cambridge School,Kandivali (E)

The aim of education should be to teach us how to think rather than what to think…

Implementation of the grading system is to bring in more practical education than the current theoretical methods. It provides ample opportunities to students to excel in their field of choice.

However,higher grades do not reflect a genuine improvement in student’s achievement.

Grade inflation makes it more difficult to identify the truly exceptional students,as more students come to get the highest possible grade.

Anjur Mishra,VIII A,

Birla School

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