The disco leading to the fiasco

There have been a myriad of articles and interviews and protests and sibal-antes across the news/views. I too start by a PJ:

When at Harvard, people used to call Sibal, ‘KhaPill SeeBail’. The name has come to life and he has been eating bitter pills and facing quite a few oxen everywhere since his last few decisions.

Though I personally agree to the basic premise that the stress can definitely be reduced if there were less examinations to give. But I strongly disagree with the procedure followed – forcing one examination.

First a look at the myths (as discussed by the media).

  1. School education is good.
    Seriously? LOL turning into ROFLMAO.
  2. Coaching institutes are bad.
    Coaching institutes are currently a good supplementary education system which is far better than the normal schools. School teachers are merely BEds or normal graduates. Coaching teachers are mostly B Techs and many of them are ex IITians, all with professional training.
  3. Emphasis on boards will make the students take schools seriously.
    – Schools are still taken seriously. Its the schools that have to take the students seriously.
    – Extra emphasis on the non science subjects. Why should I take literature seriously if I am not interested? I was never good at History/Geography/English. Still I cruised through JEE. Future generations won’t.
  4. The transformation will be nice and easy.
    – The emphasis of Board results will mar the system. At present, standardization of board marks is too tedious a task to be easily achieved within a year. Yes, IIMs have tried to do that but everyone knows it does not work.
  5. The system is better for students.
    – Firstly, board results, specially after grade systems are too convoluted to give a clear picture. Everyone gets a 95% so easily these days. DU cutoffs go as high as 100%. Yet, a general student will feel happy. Great thinking!
    – Another major drawback of this system will be the forced connection of one’s past with the future. I strongly believe that everyone should have sufficient chances to mend his tardy past. JEE used to be one of the best ways (as is Civil Services) where students with evn 70% (in CBSE) managed to enter.
  6. Coaching industry will go down.
    Coaching institutes already have ties with schools and are going to start classes for no science subjects as well to help students get good marks at boards as well. This means an enlarged market. I totally agree to Sanghi Sir’s view that coachings will die only if schools learn how to live.

Also lets have a look at a few more cons of the current proposal (which probably the media missed):

  • What will happen to the repeaters, esp. since there are a lot of third attempters in AIEEE? I don’t think anyone has clarified their position throughout the discussions.
  • How will they normalize state boards? There is no foolproof method available as of now.
  • What will happen to the different state exams? Will they be forced shut down? If not, what’s the point of all this?

So what should we do – 

  • I think the CAT system where CAT scores are used by other institutes is a better option. Colleges should be incentivised to use the JEE scores.
  • I also think that there should be a review of the current objective examination and if needed they should revert to 2 tier objective subjective combination for better scoring. The objective system has been criticized a lot in the last few years.