By Fida Hussain Sodagar
A spell of exam results is in bloom, but at the same time a pall of gloom is flourishing. It brings happiness to one and grief to another. If you are able to get 33% marks you are affirmed to have passed; if you fail to reach this threshold, you are deemed to have failed. If you are a topper, you deserve to live. If you fail, you are declared as deadwood. The family will curse you. The society segregates the ones who fail. A social stigma originates. At this point of time marks assume sacred place and life takes the back foot. The suicides are put to use by the students to discover the alternative route.
Here the entire education system becomes illogical and disastrous. If you will test the intelligence by cramming, how will you nail real intelligence? If you glorify t stars, you forget to appreciate the moon. You glamorize flowers but ignore the roots. That is the tragedy of examination system in the state. The spirit of competition is lost in the whole process. The marks are regarded as knowledge and knowledge is judged as trash. It is damn hell than the heaven of intelligence. They manufacture robots ready to memorize without applicability to revolutionize.
The education system of Finland is considered as one of the best systems in the world. It is consistently one of the highest performing developed countries on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an important tool for measuring education systems worldwide. The students in Finland take only one standardized test during their entire primary and secondary schooling. They rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens. That doesn’t mean that the students in Finland are not intelligent. They are the pearls of knowledge. Einstein who discovered the complex theories in science was never good at school exams. His teachers declared him as a poor student and mentally retarded when he was at school. He became a lifelong visiting professor to a university in the Netherlands and a tenured professor at Princeton. That is and will continue to exist as the live example in the history of academic absurdity.
At the end of the day no one will care about marks. Marks won’t matter; applicability of knowledge matters. Life is beautiful; failure is not the beginning of the end. It is the beginning of a new launch. The perception of success and failure is based on an absurd evaluation through exams. Invest in self development, educate your soul. The beautiful innovations have erupted from the average minds. Be the agents of change rather than a runner in the rat race of marks. Script your own success. Let the inner beauty of intelligence come out. That will be the real test of the knowledge. That will make world a better place.
The author holds a P.G in Mass Communication and Journalism and writes on various issues. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org