Saturday, March 17, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Changing examination system

Efforts are being made to replace the system of awarding marks in school and board examinations by grades such as A, B, C and so on.

Introduction of new methods of evaluation is welcome but the point is why do we want to change the system of examination and evaluation.

Whatever the reasons, the system of continuous and comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the studentís performance is useful and result-oriented. It helps in developing the habit of regular studies and a sense of competition among the students. It also instils in them confidence and a sense of achievement when they secure good marks.

In fact, examinations provide them with the necessary stimulus to achieve better results. Before we finally decided to abolish the system of examination up to Class XI, we must review the pros and cons of the new method that we plan to introduce.

Modifications can be made in the present system of examination to make it more effective, tension-free and result-oriented. The need is to involve school principals, teachers, education officers and professionals to analyse different aspects of the present system of assessment, evaluation and examination. Their opinions and suggestions about the proposed change should also be sought and studied critically before introducing the new system.

Arun Kumar Sharma, Mohali


Gopi Chandís feat

The feat of Indiaís ace badminton player, Gopi Chand, in winning the All-England Championship has placed him in the category of stars such as Leander Paes, Vishwanathan Anand and Karnam Malleshwari who have given India an honourable place in international sports. His coach, Parkash Padukone, has proved that there is no dearth of talented players in India. Padukone had won the same championship 21 years ago. Coaches of his calibre can produce many more Gopi Chands in India. It should be clear to those at the helm of sports in India that Indian players need coaches of a high calibre.

Tough standards should be maintained in the selection of coaches. Foreign coaches with a good record should be appointed for games which require precision and technique. Promising players should be given opportunities to compete with international players.

Sushil Kumar Sharma, Chandigarh

Small investors

The Finance Minister has given many concessions to trade and industry. Some of the concessions are at the cost of senior citizens and handicapped persons who manage their livelihood from interest on small savings.

It was expected that the concessions would give a boost to the industrial sector and equity-linked investment. Contrary to expectations, the stock exchange index has tumbled down. Let us see how in a country where speculators can fix cricket matches, the government will control a repetition of share scams and give justice to small investors.

Anand Prakash, Kota (Rajasthan)


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