It is a tried and tested fact that success is the sum total of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. The whooping success saga of CCE pattern of CBSE, leading to better Classes X and XII results every year, has more to it than what just meets the eye. Not only has all-India topper in Science stream Sarthak Agarwal scored 99.6 per cent with full marks in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Economics, even Commerce topper
G Harishankaran scored 99.2 per cent. In Delhi itself, as many as 2,423 students got above 95 per cent, a
60 per cent increase from last year. Even government schools gave an exemplary performance, with Surbhi Sharma acing the Humanities stream with 96.4 per cent. Discussions in terms of first divisions or distinctions are no longer in practice.
As the schools pat their backs for sustainable growth in academic delivery, the teachers for better class room strategy, the students for “smart study” and the proud parents for being the “involved ones”, the real question is: What next? Is the wait for “acing it at the Boards” finally over? Have the students become too clever, techniques to marshall the concepts too evident or the marking schemes in Board papers too student friendly? To a certain extent, it might be so and there is no harm in recognising the potential per se.
According to the Ministry of Labour and Employment (source www.tradingeconomics.com), the unemployment rate in India fell to 3.8 per cent in 2011 from 9.4 per cent in 2010. Educational reforms have certainly helped the employability prospects for prospective citizens. As CBSE allows unconventional subject combinations, career prospects for students after school have certainly improved. While Economics is a favourite elective for Science students in Classes XI and XII, Entrepreneurship for Commerce and Legal Studies for Humanities students, respectively. Introducing Theatre Studies to the batch of 2013-14 students, Mr Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, said, “It concretises issues that would otherwise remain abstract and difficult for the child to grasp. It puts life back into bookish learning.”
Amongst other subjects, NCC, Human Rights and an inimitable knowledge, traditions and practices of India are also being made available to senior secondary students. Not only this, series of new practices integrated with the curriculum, like Problem Solving Assessment (PSA), Open text based assessment (OTBA), Assessment of Speaking & Listening (ASL) , apart from value-based questions being introduced in all main subjects, have enabled us to shift the paradigm from lower order to higher order thinking skills. An equal emphasis on scholastic and co-scholastic attributes under the CCE pattern has encouraged students to build not only linguistic and logical skills but also spacial, kinesthetic, musical,interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.
Holistic education is the need of the 21st century learner. The schools of tomorrow should continue to focus on skill-based system, rewarding creativity, original thinking and innovation through implementing massive technology. As we are clear that the purpose of education is not to create babus and pen pushers but thinkers and life- long learners, one size cannot fit all. Our education system has adopted a student-centric approach, that respects ability, recognises varied potential and is flexible not rigid. Deregularisation is here to stay. Even if the cut-offs go sky-rocketing in top ranking universities, there is a second and third choice available to students in terms of competent private universities opening their doors to them and providing them equal opportunity to rediscover themselves. There might be many Satya Nadelas or Rajeev Suris sitting in non-government universities or colleges who could really have an impact on the global scene one day. The mindset has to change to ACCEPT each child as he/she is, BELIEVE in his potential and CHALLENGE him as per his capability.
Arti Chopra, Principal, Amity International School, Sector 46,Gurgaon
As soon as the CBSE Results were announced on Thursday i.e. May 29, 2014, not only the students, but also the teachers and parents were excited. Children were really happy to see their scores which were significantly higher this year.
Number of students scored over 95 per cent. It is the time of the year when students realise in most cases that if they had worked a little, they could have secured admission into SRCC, St Stephen’s College, LSR and other high profile colleges in Delhi University. High scores have become a cause of worry as the cut offs can even go much higher.
Special counselling sessions are being organised by various reputed agencies in Delhi-NCR for the parents and students.
I congratulate the toppers of my school and all-India toppers for making their teachers and parents proud.
Even if your marks are low, don’t get disappointed. Delhi University also has options for children who can do UG Courses like BCom and Political Science through correspondence through the School of Open Learning. Other options available for students are online courses and Job Oriented courses such as Fashion Designing, and Hotel Management.
You may also apply for courses like B.EL.Ed, Journalism, Bio-Medical Science and Social Work where you will have better scope. Sometimes, there is a dip in cut-offs (second list), keep your option open till the entire admission process is complete. Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
Rama Sethi, Principal, St Mark's Sr Sec Public School, Janak Puri