High–cut offs at Universities are a trend and neither education institutions nor parents think about the consequences of the rising cut-offs. Immense pressure by the peer becomes uncontrollable effecting the psych of students.
The education system in India is very biased. There’s a perception that those kids who are brilliant in studies at school will be excellent in studies during college times as well and will give a fantastic result which would thereby result in good image of the respective college.
The marking/grading system has become so unrealistic that getting a 99 percentile isn’t a difficult task at all as a result the cut-offs also go as high as 99.8% – 99.9%. Did anybody think about the impact that this hike would cause on the students? Right now scoring a 99 percentile might sound good to the ears but is it really that easy as the board system has made it. No it is not! It is next to impossible to score a 100 in subjects like English, Hindi and Economics. The fault is in the grading system for exposing the students to this sham which would risk their future anyhow when they would be facing the real challenges of the world.
Immense rise in cut offs from the past many years has been putting on a lot of pressure on the students. The competition level has increased and as a result the peer pressure has also grown rigorously. Due to this reason the parents and the school has started stressing more and more on studies and less on extra-curricular activities as they are of the thought that if the child doesn’t score in 90’s then he/she doesn’t stand anywhere. Now, because of this the child who may be good in extra-curricular activities and not much good in studies has no scope in surviving in this era of competition of marks. Despite of the fact that some students might have some inherent talent, yet they are not allowed to focus on it and are instead made to study. This hampers the overall development of a child and education becomes a burden for him/her. Getting high percentages has become a prestige issue for both the schools and the parents. It is always expected that since the parents put on so much efforts on their child’s education and overall development, the child must also in return work hard and show extraordinary results. The pressure to stand out in the society is so much that the parents forget that every individual has its own qualities where being studious id definitely not compulsory. The average or below average students as they can’t make it to the high cut-offs are treated as unworthy and invaluable.
The cut offs go as high as 99% in top colleges of University; such situations provoke the students to question their capabilities instead of becoming a ladder of success in their life; many even fall prey to depression, anxiety, stress and some even end up their lives. The taxing grading system of today has declined a student’s self confidence and self esteem.
Are we going to tackle this problem or are we just going to sit and watch the consequences? No we can’t just keep quiet and let our youth go waste like this. We need to do something. The parents are required to give their children some space and guidance to make the most feasible choices for their careers. Career guidance and counselling would be of great help for the students as well as their parents as they would give assistance and guidance in understanding the future path.
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