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Updated: May 23, 2012 10:48 IST

Grading in SSC: end to mad race for ranks

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Successful students will be judged in eight different grades

SSC results this year will see a historic change with students awarded only grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) instead of marks. It fulfils a long pending demand of academics to put an end to the mad race for ranks.

All successful students will be judged in eight different grades while the failed candidates will be put in a separate category.

Different parameters

There will be different parameters of judgement for the second language while all other subjects will be graded on a different scale (See table).

The decision to adopt absolute grading system was taken on the directions of the High Court recently. In fact, the Government decided to adopt grading system in the year 2005 and a committee was constituted to introduce grading system and also reduce question papers.

The report was submitted n 2006 and orders were issued for implementation of grading system from classes one to seven for 2007 and 2008 years.

Later, in 2009 orders were issued to adopt the same for SSC public exams and follow the CBSE pattern.

Accordingly, Relative Grading System was introduced in 2010 and pass certificates were issued on a nine point relative grading system. Based on CBSE reforms, the Government further decided to adopt Absolute Grading System and orders were issued in May 2011. The SSC results of 2011, however, were released with Absolute Grading System but it also indicated the marks.

Later, some writ petitions were filed in the HC seeking the Government to give only grades and not marks. The HC in its directions on May 16, 2012 asked the Government to announce results only through grading system.

The advantage of grades, the Government feels, will reduce burden and stress on students as there would be no race for higher marks and ranks. It will also eliminate unhealthy competition among the top achievers and reduce societal pressure. It will also address the problem of subjectivity in valuation of answer scripts.

Academics point out that when the intellect of students scoring 92 and 98 will be the same, there was a need to put them in the same bracket. Marks depends on various factors and don't generally determine the students intelligence. These issues were discussed at the national level and even the National Curriculum Framework has strongly recommended it.

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Does grade system make any difference in a student's life? The student knows that A1 means 90-100 and about other grades marking scheme. When the system says the grading scheme is done to de-stress the child. But, when a student gets a CGPA as 10 or A1 in all the subjects , the child is given appreciation certificate and a cash award, indirectly encouraging the student to stress himself or herself. Isn't this defeating the very purpose of grading system which is very noble and student friendly in its approach?

from:  lakshmi
Posted on: May 27, 2012 at 13:06 IST

This will lead to other problems. Exams and answer valuation methods not being perfect a student who gets 89 would be put a notch below one who gets 90 and in the same bracket as one who get 80. No system is perfect including grading.

Posted on: May 26, 2012 at 22:08 IST

Students are smart and understand the competition very clearly. As
long as every student does not have an opportunity to study a program
in the institution of their choice, there will be competition and the
better person wins. Doing away with ranks has not helped in Karnataka.
Newspapers publish the names of the toppers [first three positions
along with their marks] prominently. Students who have secured within
the top 25 positions rarely get any publicity if they are students of
prominent schools. Upcoming schools advertise the achievement of their
toppers by publishing paid advertisements. A student who gets 97%
marks has no publicity, but a student getting 82% marks has his photo
in papers. Competition is not bad - crony competition is. Grades are
the best advertisement for crony competition.

from:  Narendra KV
Posted on: May 26, 2012 at 19:31 IST

grading system is really a good system. it reduce the tension of topper also who did so much hard work just to get 1st position even 2nd position make them depressed .

from:  sudhir
Posted on: May 26, 2012 at 18:16 IST

this is really good people r calculating irrelavant marks
using iit which are wrong

from:  geetha krishna
Posted on: May 24, 2012 at 18:47 IST

this the worest system trough out education

from:  ramarao
Posted on: May 24, 2012 at 17:55 IST
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