TODAY -

E-Pao! Opinion - Of those who pass & those who failed

Of those who pass & those who failed

By: Thangkhanlal Ngaihte *


The Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) announced results of Class XII examination 2006 in the State last Wednesday. This is one of those rare moments of collective excitement we can still hope for in our State. Out of the 14501 students who sat in the examination in all the four streams, 5982 passed. That means, 8519 other students, or 58. 75 per cent of those appeared, failed.

Should we be proud of our seemingly rigorous examination standards, which in one stroke, stopped a majority of our higher secondary students on their career-tracks and ordained them as unfit to graduate to the next level of their education?

Or should we rather be ashamed that our education system has failed, year after year, to imbibe in the students elementary understanding of what they learn during the year that as many as 60 percent regularly failed to secure 33 per cent marks in their subjects? Is this not enough evidence of the disconnect between what students learn in the classrooms and questions they face at the board?

The feeling of sorrow about this gives way to worry when one considers that at least some of the 5982 students who failed, and who are in the age group of 16 to 18 - the sweetest part of their life - will turn to crime or substance abuse or, fall for the charm and romance of the gun consequent to their being pronounced as 'Failed'.

In fact, this year's pass percentage of 41. 25 is a huge improvement over previous years. The Class X Board result is yet to come and going by past records, at least 60 per cent of the students who appeared in that examination will fail to clear it too. For those who pass, the family's entire resources will be marshalled so he or she can escape from the benighted state for further studies while those who fail will be left to scratch their heads and fret over the year thus wasted.

Whichever way you look at it, this record of dismal pass percentages in Manipur - from Class X Board right up to the degree level - is something that needs to be pondered over. We have been doing with this poor show for such a long time now that most people came to accept it as normal.

It is not.

The pass percentages at the Central Boards (CBSE and ICSE) rarely dipped below the 70 mark. According to educationists, even that is not something to be proud of. Efforts are on at the national level to prune subject contents, make them more interactive, relate them to everyday life and add fun to traditionally intimidating subjects like Mathematics.

Innovative merit grading system which will judge students in various parameters on a continuous basis is being prepared. The aim of education will, thus, be to help students explore their aptitude, creativity and talent in diverse fields and channelise the same for a higher purpose (Which will mean that a student who play Table Tennis very well but just have no interest in Mathematics will not simply be judged as Failed, but avenues explored for him so he can pursue his special talent in a professional fashion.

Education will, thus, not be only about book-knowledge). As it is, the present system of judging students solely on the basis of the year-end, three-hour written examination is on its way out. And for good.

The continued perpetuation of rote-learning at the school-level education in Manipur and much of India is a factor that inhibits the students' growth. The students simply parroted the lines given by the teacher without applying their minds to them. There is no attempt to relate what they learn in the textbooks to their environment. The emphasis is still on formulae, facts, figures.

What is the height of Mt. Tenipu? When did Manipur attain statehood? What is your phone number? These are facts and they are important. But there is nothing in them to engage the mind of the students.

A class VI student may learn them faster than a scientist. A studious boy will fluently recite the various steps taken by the Government to cleanse the Yamuna river.

But it just never occurs to him how he can improvise or apply the same for cleaning a small stream flowing in his neighbourhood. There is no attempt to utilize the mathematical equation he knows so well for calculating tax imposed on commodities bought from the market, for example.

This is, I believe, one reason why many students, who do very well in School performed so poorly when they face the board. This is the reason why 60 percent of the students found qualified and sent up for board examinations flunked.

The catchword in any management school or professional institutes today is Projects and Presentations. The aim is for the students to stand on their own, handle pressures and datelines, gain in confidence and initiative and prepare for leadership roles. And that kind of education is the future. As the saying goes: 'Give your child a fish - he will eat for a day; Teach him how to fish - he will eat everyday.'

Easier said than done, of course. Especially in Manipur. But there is a thing or two we can start doing right away to turn our education system around. Take the case of textbook revision. Class X students in Manipur still read textbooks telling them the yearly produce of a sugar mill in Khangabok or a cement plant in Hundung- many years after these industrial units close shop.

I had previously taught in a school, and I can tell that there is much more to learn from Class VIII textbooks (published by private publishers) than Class X textbooks (Published by BSEM) in the state. Subject revision and improvement can be easily done as the underground elements are not known yet to interfere in it. None of them, as far as I know, have so far demanded that their history be made part of the subject!! What's only needed is the will at the top level.

I am glad, though, that related subjects like mass exodus of students from the state and the impact this have on the latter are getting some attention. Random estimates put out by speakers at the recent Seminar held at JN Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal suggested that as many as 50,000 Manipur students are presently outside the state.

What prompted parents to ship out their wards to other states as soon as they finished Class X or XII is well known. If we are to arrest this trend, we will need to ask hard questions and make painful sacrifices. The education system is part and parcel of the politico-socio-economic structure and thus, cannot be improved in isolation.

So, the issue inevitably boils down yet to that of non-governance, administrative breakdown and well, Ibobi Singh. The Imphal Seminar, going by media reports, did not touch upon the tough issues. Nevertheless, the seminar deserves appreciation for its seminal contribution to the debate.

May it spawn more such exercises!!


Thangkhanlal Ngaihte wrote this article for the Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on May 28, 2006.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • HSE 2017 Result :: Science Toppers
  • HSE 2017 Result :: Arts Toppers
  • HSE 2017 Result :: Commerce Toppers
  • HSE 2017 Result :: Science Stream
  • HSE 2017 Result :: Arts Stream
  • HSE 2017 Result :: Commerce Stream
  • Barak Spring Festival @Senapati :: Gallery
  • Phalneilhing, Sinchui :: eMing
  • Incarnations of Goddess Nongthang Leima
  • Ebudhou Thanjing Laishang #1 :: 360 °
  • Media & Contemporary Manipuri Society #2
  • Cleaning up the air we breathe
  • 'Maj Rati Keteki', an author's insight
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • SC notices in Biren son case
  • Army act extended by six months
  • Timely acted, but need to rethink...
  • Lamkang Cultural Day @Chandel :: Gallery
  • Ambassador Of Japan with CM :: Gallery
  • JNIMS Ortho scripts history
  • Indigenous people are ST, so are Meeteis
  • Grooming security experts in admin service
  • Parents are supposed to be cheer leaders ..
  • Applauds CM for Building Peace & Harmony
  • 2 trucks carrying logs seized
  • Japan to invite 25 people from Manipur
  • Bomb blasts rock border town in Manipur
  • Shirui Lily Festival, Ukhrul #2 :: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • 73rd anniv of Battle of Imphal :: Gallery
  • Nachom Arts : Encouraging Artists
  • Manipur: In the waiting room of justice
  • Cheiraoba Ching Kaba :: 360 ° View
  • Of storms, flying saucers & lazy thoughts
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Anti-Terrorism day observed
  • Ex-Servicemen Meet organised
  • Managing natural resources
  • Ksh Bhaktakumar- Mr India 2017:: Gallery
  • Tanglei Music Festival :: Gallery
  • Effort To Bridge The Hills And Valley
  • Colloquium: Japanese Culture & Nationalism
  • Urban flood effective mgmt strategies #1
  • Meet rejects oil exploration at Khaidem
  • Training on Service Marketing in Healthcare
  • Illegal migrant detection with 1951 cut-off
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Ghost of 2010 continues to haunt
  • Brahmacharimayum Roji - Actress :: eRang
  • Handloom @Temporary Market #1:: Gallery
  • New Government, New Hope #1
  • Nightmares of event management
  • Big data for big impact
  • Free Counselling & Awareness Program
  • One belt one road
  • Jobs: Counseller for Family Court, Ukhrul
  • Sadar Hills Demand 2011-2017 : Timeline
  • Total shutdown against blast in Moreh
  • Tribals reject MoU signed- govt, JACAATB
  • Naga Hoho appeals NIA over arrests
  • First visible step to check corruption
  • International Dance Day :: Gallery
  • Gudui Ngai @Majorkhul #2 :: Gallery
  • Manipur Children Club:: 360 ° View
  • Take smart choice before admissions
  • Love one another ... for living together
  • Shirui Lily Fest off to a grand start
  • On Shirui festival
  • Seminar on 'Life of Gangmumei Kamei' #2
  • Shirui Lily Fest @Shirui, Ukhrul #1 :: Gallery
  • Civil Service Tennis Tournament :: Gallery
  • Barak(Spring) Festival at Senapati
  • When will India cashless island go cashless
  • The winsomeness of human mind
  • Jobs at NIELIT centers
  • Aadhar Registration & Distribution Program
  • Work starts on Trilateral Highway in Myanmar
  • AI plans NE expansion, to inject more flights
  • People's Day Bridging the gap
  • Reality bite - something seems fishy
  • Meeyamgi Numit hosted by CM :: Gallery
  • Andro AMMA FC : Winner of Doon Cup 2017
  • How great is my mother's love for me
  • Boat House, Kangla :: 360 ° View
  • Pinch of love :: Poem
  • Fingerprint & Iris code for Aadhaar
  • Sharmila solidarity with Africans
  • Trust deficit in Framework Agreement
  • Equality in place of majoritarianism
  • A hope for better Manipur
  • Kangleipak Kang Trophy #3:: Gallery
  • Featured Photo for 2017 #2 :: Gallery
  • Gudui Ngai : Festival of Zeliangrong
  • Fishery as an agenda for Barak Festival
  • Supermom :: Poem
  • 2nd Startup Weekend Imphal
  • May Day #2 :: Essay
  • For inclusion of Meitei in ST category
  • NE turning into a hub of Cannabis
  • Muslims cannot dissolve marriage- Guv
  • Police probing 'threat' to SC advocate
  • Hands that rock the cradle rule the world
  • Film Personalities #1 :: eRang Classic
  • Handicrafts of the Zeliangrong #2
  • High Court of Manipur :: 360 ° View
  • From head-hunters into money-hunters
  • Importance of dialectic in Philosophy
  • Binalakshmi Nepram threatened by Police
  • Cleanliness drive conducted at CCpur
  • Gudui Ngai @Majorkhul #1 :: Gallery
  • Bringing TB out of the shadows
  • Women are the salt of the earth
  • Superstition and its side-effects
  • Temples of learning
  • Guidelines of play schools
  • Bucket of cold water after a hot shower
  • Breaking the barrier
  • Lai Lamthokpa @Yaiskul #2 :: Gallery
  • MIMS (MU) - ManFete #4 :: Gallery
  • Impact of October Revolution Manipur #2
  • Bir Tikendrajit Park :: 360 °
  • Nurses are heart beat of healthcare
  • The Sun Behind the Cloud :: Poem
  • Nagas of Nagaland can decide their future
  • 85 unelectrified villages to be lit up by Dec
  • Go to the hill districts too
  • Beginning of a new era; but ...
  • Seminar on 'Life of Gangmumei Kamei' #1
  • OORJA football Closing ceremony :: Gallery
  • May 10, 1942: first bomb hit Imphal in WW2
  • Manipur killings: Amicus Curiae on Army...
  • A white paper on good governance
  • Butterfly a living parable of resurrection
  • Global Manipuri Mega Photo Contest
  • Inquiry on "School Van accident"
  • Inking an MoU with CCpur JAC
  • Calls for human security
  • Laishram Lalitabi - Actress :: eRang
  • Manipur & Nagaland CMs :: Gallery
  • Cheirao Ching Kaba #1 :: 360 ° Photo
  • MLA - defection politics in Manipur
  • Japan interest to develop Education in NE
  • CM floral tribute to Martyred Jawans
  • More than a 'courtesy call'
  • Development & security matters
  • Thongjao potters adapt to modern reqt
  • Prize Distribution- MU Sports :: Gallery
  • Handicrafts of the Zeliangrong #1
  • Imphal Intl Airport : How International?
  • The mystery of nine :: Poem
  • RIST popular talk 29 - Molecular Electronics
  • Gudui Ngai celebrated
  • 122nd rank in the list of cleanliness
  • Consumers' rights
  • Sagol Kangjei Exhibition :: Gallery
  • Musuem, Kangla :: 360 ° photo
  • Keeping workforce healthy-smart business
  • Brief story of Karl Marx (199th Birth Anniv)
  • Manipuri resurgence & Jewish lessons
  • Visit of Japanese Ambassador to MU
  • Poems released at Barapani, Meghalaya
  • CMD, NHPC Visit to Loktak Power Station
  • Right venue for seminar on bridging the gap
  • Landscape of Manipur #6: Wallpaper
  • Impact of October Revolution Manipur #1
  • Climate change: Case study on wildlife
  • Longing for peace in this region
  • Why happiness can be so elusive
  • ShiRock 2017 at Ukhrul
  • Airline Ticketing Consultant training
  • Civil Society Delegation met CM
  • Meddling with the media
  • Still a lot to do for the BJP led Govt
  • Shirui Lily: Flavour of the month
  • Lai Lamthokpa @Yaiskul #1 :: Gallery
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon #1 :: Gallery
  • Binalakshmi Nepram selected by Colombia
  • Separate time zone for NE : Petition
  • 'Protection of Land, Environment' at Nungba
  • The looting of India
  • Adding noise pollution by communities
  • Arbind Soibam - Emerging Singer :: eRang
  • Phaknung rape protest @Kakching :: Gallery
  • MIMS (MU) - ManFete #3 :: Gallery
  • Development of Infrastructure: Assessment
  • The good samaritan at Ukhrul
  • Raising good children
  • The Moon Sails Across the Sky :: Poem
  • 1951 cut-off for Bangladeshis deportation
  • A matter of understanding responsibilities
  • Traditional Thabal @Pourabi :: Gallery
  • River Bank Music Festival :: Gallery
  • Multiple openings @JCRE, Imphal
  • Course in Biodiversity Conservation
  • Henjunaha - A folk play :: Gallery
  • World Dance Day Celebration :: Gallery
  • The Mighty Mystic Manipuri Women
  • Opening- OORJA U-19 football :: Gallery
  • May Day Rally @Imphal :: Gallery
  • Arambai show #2:: Gallery
  • New Facebook page (Link) for e-pao
  • Aizawl FC: Winner I-League Football 2017
  • Shakuhachi meets Pena, Manipur & Japan
  • Rally against Phaknung rape :: Gallery
  • Tributes paid on Khongjom Day #2:: Gallery
  • Laishram Birendrakumar recieve Padmashri
  • Kei Onba Kom Gi Eshing :: Funga Wari
  • 'Nura Pakhang'(Video) @Portugal:: Gallery
  • Mr India 2017- Ksh Bhaktakumar :: Gallery
  • Purul, Senapati :: 360 View Panorama
  • Ethoi Oinam #1 (Actress) :: eRang
  • Angkor Wat , Cambodia #5 :: Gallery
  • Nura Pakhang : Music video
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba @Pune :: Gallery
  • Thabal Chongba @Kolkata :: Gallery
  • CM N Biren visit to Ukhrul #2 :: Gallery
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #4 : Ooba
  • Nungshiba Khongel @Sylhet :: Gallery
  • Maphou Dam :: 360 View Panorama
  • SPONSORED ADS