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Higher Education

High scores open up debate over marking

PUBLISH DATE 16th June 2017

Experts Point At Nearly Full Marks In Languages

The marks driven pattern that has emerged in the standard X and XII examinations across all the education boards with a large chunk of candidates scoring above 90% has stunned experts.

They said marks are artificially increased and too many students end up with scores very close to100%. Academicians are surprised by the cent percent marks in language subjects.

Many said it raised questions about whether students really learned what they are expected to. They added that high marks do not necessarily mean success in professional life.

Besides the state board, both CBSE and CICSE recorded a rise in the number of high scorers this year in standard XII exams. In the state board higher secondary certificate (HSC, Std XII) results this year, the number of 90 percenters has gone up, with 3,819 students making the cut as against 3,360, last year.

Teacher Vijay Deoskar said, “We are losing credibility . Passing an exam has become a joke.The system has lost differential value of testing. In the current scenario, we should prescribe 66% minimum required for passing as it existed in England when the same system of formal education was introduced in India more than 150 years ago required only 33% for passing.“

There is all-round distress about the education system keen on giving psychological satisfaction of success to students without giving them the ability .

Deoskar added, “This would probably convey the message that success does not require hard work. The uncontrolled and mass scale success is discouraging children from seeking vocational and skill development pursuits.“

Education expert Suryakant Kulkarni said, “Unfortunately , policymakers are not interested in such issues. They are least bothered about the future. The issue of 60% minimum marks for passing was once raised by officers from the state board at a workshop in Mumbai long ago. But it was not discussed any further.“

Kulkarni said ordinary of students are scoring a first class. “What about their own understanding about themselves? I don't mean that students should not score more marks.But the marks should reflect their level of knowledge. Students are freely scoring 20 marks in their internal marking system. If that is true evaluation, the system needs a rethink.“

It's now possible to score 100% in subjects like English literature and psychology . Educationists see this as a new low for the assessment system.

Seema Marathe, former teacher at the English department at SPPU, said, “For English literature, which involves more description, expression and analysis, there has to be a subjective assessment. The current model of assessment of the student often makes it superficial and meaningless.“