My last blog was about how parents can spoil the future of their children. I’m continuing the same theme today too because I met another teacher today who had a very interesting episode to narrate.
A student of his had failed in an exam in class eleven by just five marks. He tried his best to add some marks here and there as the Board of Exams recommends in order to make the student pass somehow. He simply couldn’t add any mark anywhere because he had already been too generous. He gave me an example of an answer of the student in question.
The question was to write a report on the Environment Week celebration in a school. The student’s answer was:
The envaronmant weak was inogorated by Pandit. Pandit spoked a shaloka on envaronmant. On the sekand day Pandit spoked a shaloka. It continued for five days. On the sexth day Pandit spoked a shaloka on evaronmant.
The teacher had given 3 marks out of 10 for that answer. One mark for Format, One for Content, and Half each for Fluency and Accuracy. The teacher was following the rules given by the Board. With all those marks the student couldn’t get anywhere beyond 28 out of 100. So the teacher left it at that.
The parent went to the school with a complaint. According to the Delhi Govt’s ruling, claimed the parent, a student can be given 10 marks in grace in different subjects, not more than 5 in each subject, provided the student has secured a minimum of 25 percent in the subject concerned. Are you confused with the 25% and the maximum of 5 grace marks? Well, don’t be. The education system in Delhi is not any better than the political system.
The parent got his son promoted wielding the Delhi govt’s ruling which he presented in the school. The teacher failed.
The teacher said: “I only wanted this boy to take his studies a little more seriously. I would have promoted him with a re-test but making the point clear that the boy had to do a lot of hard work if he has to really succeed… His father spoilt it all.”
The father must have gone home and said to the boy that he had got him promoted with the help of the govt. The govt [read politics] is always there to help.
Does politics help?
Or does Politics destroy?
The answer depends on what you want your son/daughter to become.