CHENNAI: Indian Liberal Group and SITU Council of Education Research organised a debate on the need for Board Exams here on Saturday.
Students, parents and teachers from various schools in the city participated. “Board exams have become a stumbling block in the process of nurturing our inherent talents. So it does not help in complete education of a student,” said E. Rahul, a student.
We are not able to concentrate on the topics, which we have a natural inclination to study.
The teachers punish us for not scoring well in exams as they consider students as just scoring machines, he added.
He said board exams were not a test of understanding of the subject. Memorising plays a key role and it only helps coaching centres mint money.
Anant Goswami, another student said, “Students are treated as race horses and not like human beings because of the compulsion of board exams.”
“We are expected by the teachers and parents to avoid social activities. Sports and games are not encouraged either, and the students are forced and forged into memorising machines,” he said.
S. Vallabhan, a teacher said the board exams required certain changes. It should be a path towards the attainment of the goal of making students think.
Susheela Ravindran, another teacher, said the board exams prepare them for tackling the challenges of life, as a professional or a social being.
The audience also had some members like parent G. Jayashree, who said that board exams were “a necessity”. “Board exams stress the fact that there would be reward for hard work,” said Savitha Sriram, a student. It would be a tool for students to know their relative positions in a large pool of talent in the country and seek excellence.
Students should understand that parents motivate the students to work hard for better scores in the board exams as they want the well being of their children, she said. But there was a need for counselling for many parents and teachers in order to give them the capability to properly analyse the potential of students and motivate them appropriately, she said.
Depression and suicide by some students because of the board exams may be overcome by consistent hard work, said Varsha P. Kaushik, another student.