Friday, 10 October 2014

Isn't it time to eliminate marks in education?


Give a student 35/100, he has learned nothing. Giver her an 90/100, and what has she learned? Still nothing.

Marks should be replaced by feedback, which helps students understand what subjects have been mastered. Feedback would encourage learning.

My pre university science college had released a cut-off for admission at 92% in 2006. There were many students who scored above 92%. These were mainly the toppers of the schools in various districts nearby. What about the students who scored 91.99%? 91.5%? They were asked to pay Rs10,000/- extra apart from regular college fees which was Rs 14,000/- . Those below 88% had to pay 20k extra and so on.

There was a time when I was scared to score less marks. Later in life I released that the marks i got did not always reflect the knowledge I acquired and what i had written. Some worst written answers had fetched me good marks. There's a way in which the Indian teachers evaluate exam papers. There's no scope for creativity and writing skills in it. The examination system is such that if you have a hard disk of larger capacity and able to save everything in your brain, you are a rank holder!!
“Marks do not really matter beyond entry to the college” . “Colleges do matter” and so can we say that colleges are giving too much importance to marks and hence not opening doors to those who are with right aptitude and right abilities.

Mark my words, marks-do-not-matter to the extent they are used. What matters in life is basically one skill: communication skills. Effective communication skills can improve our social and personal lives. For instance, I’m sure most of us prefer to hang out with someone who speaks politely and who has sense of humour, as compared to someone who often uses offensive words. We like people whom we can communicate easily. Even a brilliant doctor may have a less demand if he/she possesses poor communication skills.

Our present education system is very unhealthy. If a child doesn’t do well in studies, should the child lose all the rights to feel worthy? Where this unhealthy-competition is leading us?
Aren’t these trends turning children into machines whose minds become nothing but a store of information after completion of their studies?


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