Hill district private schools demand rights to allot marks to class 10, 12 students

Mentioning that the schools have a huge stake in students’ future, the Hill District Private Schools Association Manipur demanded that the allotment of marks should be the prerogative of the schools.


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The Hill District Private Schools Association Manipur (HiDiPSAM) has appealed to the state government to give them the right to allot marks to the students of class 10 and 12 examination for the current year.

Mentioning that the schools have a huge stake in students’ future, HiDiPSAM demanded that the allotment of marks should be the prerogative of the schools.

In a release issued on Tuesday, HiDiPSAM appealed to the state government to allow the schools to contribute their experiences, which is giving unbiased and objective marks to students.

The release stated that “the state government is considering cancellation of class 10 and class 12 examinations 2021 due to the pandemic, which must have been influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s June 1 announcement of the cancellation of CBSE board exams”.

HiDiPSAM and most parents agreed that it would be a gross injustice to some students to distribute marks on the basis of some algorithms, however scientific it may be, because most learning and assessments are done out of sight and bureaucracy, it stated.

Some students have been slogging for good marks for a better and brighter future even though schools have been shut for some time now due to the pandemic, it stated. Therefore, the students think they deserve good marks for every bit of effort they put to earn it, the release added.

It also stated that the state government is right in considering cancellation of the examination in the interest of the student community and their parents. However, the area regarding the mark allotment has remained to be sorted out and it is unclear what criteria will be used for allotment of marks.

It has caused a great deal of consternation to some students who have been planning to get into good institutions within and outside the state and the government is as yet unable to assuage the fear and doubt of the aggrieved students, it added.

In a typical classroom situation, students are assessed on different parameters, and their teachers are the best judge of who is worth how much marks, it stated.

Denying the students, this sense of perceived self-worth will be akin to denying them their future, it mentioned. “We are aware that this manner of assessment is reductionist, but until we have an alternative, we believe we will have to agree to work with what we have,” it added. 

First Published:June 9, 2021, 12:41 a.m.

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