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grades or marks? it’s a tough choice

The Quest speaks to students of Delhi Schools about their view on grading and marks systems

A healthy mind is necessary for healthy competition. I feel that grading is the best way to overcome the stress during examinations which keeps the mind of the students healthy. At times one mark less in the examinations makes students underestimate their potential. Students stress themselves over every mark and this leads to psychological problems among youngsters. This is why I feel that the grade system is better than the marking system. Securing a good grade makes children feel better about themselves and it motivates them. I also feel that such precision is required in subjects like maths where there are large number of questions which give a set of marks. Such precision on essays is completely useless. It is also a good way of changing the education system in our country. But,I feel that every board should consider adopting this system. Otherwise,CBSE will need to face the consequences in future. There should be a uniform education system all over the country.

Meghna Nag

Amity International School,

Sector 46,Gurgaon

Initially when the marks system was introduced,it was considered best for the welfare of the students,but later problems cropped up in this system. There was unnecessary competition between students. Children were crying and dying even for that extra 1 per cent. Authorities had been giving it a thought for a long time and they found a solution to this in the grading system. Grades create a certain slab under which a student can be categorised. This considerably reduces inter and intra-variability in marking. This system also reduces undesired and unsound comparison of small differences in marks. There is undue pressure or burden on students to win the rat race. The best part of the grade system is that it is replacing the prevalent system of rote learning,which is considered an undesirable method by most educators. Now people are at ease and get opportunities to learn more.

Prabhsimran

G D Goenka Public School,

Dwarka

I think that marks system is a better way for assessing the students. It helps the student know where he stands. As per today’s grading system,if one child as scored 72 out of 90 and the other has scored 80,they both will get an A2 grade. This will make the first child overconfident as he thinks he is equal to the other child,while the other child will not be satisfied by his performance. Marks also provide a platform for healthy competition which is good because when they will go to higher institutions or colleges,there will be competition on a very large scale. I believe that the standard of education is being lowered by grades as there is a difference of just one grade point between the most intelligent student and the average student. That is why; I prefer marks system over grading system.

Sanjana Choudhary

St Mark’s Sr Sec Public School,Meera bagh

The famous line in the film The 3 idiots — “baccho,kabil bano,kamyaabi apne aap peeche bhagegi (be competent,success will follow)” echoes the true feelings of students across the nation today. With this sentiment,perhaps,the education strategies have turned to a grading system. For years,the Indian student has burnt the midnight oil while trying to keep up with the pressures a judgmental society. Many a beautiful life has succumbed to depression under this regressive form of education. Grading,as opposed to the marking system,is globally accepted. It is evident that it removes unhealthy competition among ‘a textbook bound society’. Stress levels for families have reduced as well. The grading system compels a child to pursue other areas of interests as well,allowing him to blossom as a competent individual.

Aastha Singh

Amity International School,

Noida.

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Is a glass half filled with water termed “half full” or “half empty”? It is subjective. Similarly I think the grading system and the marks system are both equally faulty systems .Marks are used as parameters and finally converted into grades. It is an old system modelled into a new package with the same defects. I feel both do not harness a love for learning. They make students competitive rote learners. A method should be worked out so that a child may take different levels of learning in the same class and attempt tests set by the teacher on different levels. The competition with one’s own self. A parameter should be set so that one can move to a higher standard only if you complete certain required levels in all subjects.

Devanhi Rathi

Modern School,

Vasant Vihar

The implementation of grading system has been seen as an innovative approach to examination. It seems that the era of rote learning is coming to an end. If knowledge enhancement and overall development of students is the prime goal,the grading system is preferable. This system places students of similar calibre on an equal footing and,thus,rules out complexes and negativity. Under the marking system,even if two students are of a similar calibre,one can ace out the other by a fraction of a point. This level of assessment encourages unhealthy completion. To score that one extra mark,students devote more time to study and pay attention to detail. However,the marking system can lead to the perception that high marks,rather than real knowledge,are important. If students learn to differentiate between the two,give importance to learning and knowledge acquisition,and consider marks just a means to gauge their knowledge,the marking system can work well for them.

Bhavya Bedi

Ramjas School,

Pusa Road

As we have shifted to a new paradigm of evaluation that is grading system,grades mean nothing more than mere alphabets for students. Grading system,no doubt,reduces the stress and burden on the learner; marks indicate the real ability of students,help them identify their exact score. This is an important factor that keeps alive motivation to do better. No doubt,there is stress,but the same plays a pivotal role in churning out the best among youngsters. Under the marking system,even if two students are of similar calibre,one can ace out the other by a fraction of a point. This level of assessment encourages competition. Grading system will kill the sense of competition and remove all motivation from students.

Navya Bagla

Salwan Public School,

Sector 15,Gurgaon

Under the marking system,even if two students are of the same calibre,one can ace out the other by a fraction of a point. This level of assessment encourages aggressive competition. The Indian education system instilled a “retaining power” in the students. Students resorted to cramming with the sole objective of gaining maximum marks. The colleges with their high cut-offs are contributing towards low self esteem among students. It led to a common psychological problem known as ‘burnout’,which at times led to suicides. In the grading system,knowledge enhancement and students’ over all development is the prime goal. This places students of more or less equal calibre on an equal footing and thus,zeroes out all negativity and complexes.The grading system is a more appropriate option especially in the light of less pressure on students and hence less adverse psychological impact on students’ lives.

Saman

Delhi Public School,

RK Puram

In the marking system,marks help students identify their exact scores. This system was applicable till 2009,but in year 2009,the grading system was introduced. Both the marking system and the grading system have their pros and cons. Under the marking system,even if two students are of similar calibre,one can ace out the other by a fraction of a point. This level of assessment encourages competition. To score that one extra mark,students devote more time to study and pay attention to detail. The positive side effects of this is that the students acquire knowledge. However,the marking system can also lead to the perception that high marks,rather than real knowledge,are important. Even so,if knowledge enhancement and overall development of students is the prime goal,the grading system is preferable.

Surbhi Kulratan

Hillwoods Academy,

Preet Vihar

Having been in the second batch of students to have been evaluated under CCE,the newly introduced grading system by the CBSE,all I can say is that it is an adventure. I say so,because in the previous years,all that mattered in the end was how much you managed to score in the final examination. The level of understanding and extracurricular abilities of the students began taking second place. But this grading system has influenced an out-of-the-box approach to education. Having said that,I personally experienced a defect with this system. Not with the grading system as such,but with the switch from the grading system to the marks system when we go from Classes X to XI. Till Class X,you have your projects and assignments to back you up and make-up for some marks. But when you reach Class 11,you suddenly find yourself on your own. And suddenly you find yourself face to face with the system of rote learning you thought you had left behind. I feel that the grading system should continue till Class XII or should not be there at all. Because it makes no sense to have a grading system when you have to came back to the same old marks system later on.

Alvin D Singh,

Faith Academy,

Prasad Nagar,J L Dorsey Road

I believe that marks are the only feasible option because grades failed to solve the complicated cut-off requirements that confront students after board exams. The race for seats has made it impossible for colleges and universities to take in students solely on the basis of grades. Since all boards continue to award marks along with grades,the grade system is rather redundant in Classes X and XII. Grades mean nothing more than mere alphabets. For practical reasons,colleges,too,have fallen back on marks to judge the merit of candidates. Unless the exam pattern is altered and the evaluation system rejigged — putting more emphasis on consistency of performance to segregate the brilliant from the good,the average and the rest — the grade system makes no sense. But everyone seemed to be of the unanimous opinion that grades would indeed remov stress and unnecessary competition,especially at the junior level.

Vasundhara Kapoor

Maxfort School,

Rohini

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I feel that it is difficult to judge a student’s performance on the basis of grades since there are seven subjects at the secondary level and six at the higher secondary level. When any student applies to study abroad,the marks are converted on the basis of the parameters given by those universities. Firstly,there is a lack of uniformity in awarding grades to students. Secondly,the school based assessment lacks credibility and may award more marks only to advertise their school. Grades fail to solve the complicated cut-off requirements that confront students after board exams. The race for seats has made it impossible for colleges and universities to take in students solely on the basis of grades.

akanksha jolly

Doon Public School,

Paschim Vihar