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Competition among schools : Freebies for the best
- The Sangai Express Editorial :: May 08 2019 -



It is that time of the year again and with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announcing the Class X and Class XII examination results, one may expect the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) to follow suit and announce the Class X and Class XII examination results shortly.

The Council of Indian School Certificate has also announced the Class X (ICSE) and the Class XII (ISC) examination results and there will be thousands of students seeking fresh admission in the schools of their choice for their further studies.

For those who have finished their Class XII examinations it will be different but for those who have just passed the Class X examinations their focus will be to get into a school of repute.

Thankfully the students need not look beyond Manipur to seek admission in Class XI for the schools in Manipur are placed well to groom and impart the right education to the young students.

So as in the past years, one can expect the different schools to drum up the achievements of their students to attract the best.

Nothing wrong in this, for schools should compete among themselves to attract the young students, but when attracting the best students gets reduced to the understanding of luring them with freebies, then some serious introspection may be in line.

Is it healthy for the young students to be fed on a dose of diets which more or less say that the best are reserved for only the best?

Moreover, is offering freebies the right incentive to the young students?

No clear-cut answer here, but would help if academics and those who are involved in imparting education to the youngsters share their inputs on the right platform.

Again, as in the Class XII examinations, it is raining marks in the just announced Class X examination results of CBSE.

As many as 13 students are reported to have secured 499 out of 500 while even in Imphal, some schools have reported 20 or more students securing above 90 percent in the Class X examination.

This is good, but in a way, this also trashes the understanding of 60 percent being acknowledged as a first division or first class.

It is more or less the same in the case of the ISC exams with two students reported to have secured 100 percent while in the Class X or ICSE, the topper is reported to have scored 99.6 percent.

Raining marks and it is among these high scorers that students of Manipur will have to compete, thereby underlining the point that in academics the competition is tough, extremely tough.

To raise an old question again, has the right ambience been created for the young students here to compete with the best in the country?

A question which everyone should have started tackling a long time back.

It is with this question that Manipur should move on to the next academic session after the Class X and Class XII board examination results are declared.

Schools should also remember that the true value of a school need to be scaled by how much they are able to transform an average student to an excellent one and not merely by producing the best from those who have already shown that they are among the best in the Class X examination results.



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