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Poisoned chalice?

Aqibullah (Jangbazar Chitral)

Results of class 10th and second-year have been announced. First of all, congratulations to all the students who have secured good marks. They can’t be blamed. COVID-19 although has wrecked havoc all over the world, but in Pakistan it has proven itself a blessing in disguise, especially for students.

Firstly, the government decided not to take exams then all of a sudden we saw a notification according to which all the students would have to pass only elective subjects. Exams started, students attempted their papers and were waiting for their results. Before two days from the results, the government came again to surprise us with its enigmatic decision, this time the surprise was jaw-dropping because the government had decided to pass all the students. 

Everything was going right hitherto. Then they declared results and what we saw that more than 80% students have got 1,000+ marks. Parents are happy, children are over the moon and government also feels happy seeing them happy. 

Here the conflict arises. Giving more than 1,000 marks to the students who haven’t taken their classes regularly doesn’t make any sense. If a student can take 1,000 marks without taking classes regularly then why those students taking classes regularly before COVID-19 weren’t able to secure such hefty marks (They should have taken more than the total marks).

Can we say that it’s not indispensable to take classes for getting high marks? Or they should have prayed for any pandemic? Anyhow, students and their parents have been given a poisoned chalice; ramifications of this will be ghastly not only for the students but also for the expectations of parents.

The results have raised some serious questions

  1. Why should we go to school to get higher marks if we can get marks sitting at home?
  2. Why should we attempt all papers if 1,000+marks can be gotten only attempting elective subjects?
  3. Do we need to pray for any pandemic if we want to pass exams easily?
  4. Getting more than 70 marks in English was impossible in past, how has it been possible now to get 72, 73, 74 out of 75 in English despite not attending classes regularly?\
  5. Is it not important to go to schools for taking classes?
  6. Which method has been used to fabricate these results?

In a nutshell, it shows the myopic approach of the highest echelon towards this sector and portrays that the officialdom is treating the sector like a stepson. Instead of walking a tightrope, government is playing to the gallery in this regard…government should device a good educational policy rather awarding 1,000-plus marks which only deteriorate the standard of education in the country.

3 Replies to “Poisoned chalice?”

  1. This is the only solution ,this time getting admission in medical colleges/engineering universities/universities should be based on competitive exams not on the basis of marks in HSC.

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