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Expunging the word FAIL from academics

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"Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for, the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest men can answer."- Charles Caleb Colton.

Though stated in a rather humorous vein, C C Colton's aforementioned maxim exposes the hidden dreadfulness of examinations and the binary of passing and FAILING coming out of these veritable ordeals (examinations). A philosopher famously opined that man is forever on test. Paraphrase to pare it down to 'Youngsters (in India) are forever on exams.'

And in view of this examination-phobia and unnecessary social stigma of failing exams, HSC Board of Maharashtra has prudently decided that henceforth, no student will be marked 'Fail' in the marksheet. This decision ought to have been taken long ago. But as we say in Persian, 'Der aayad, durust aayad ' (It's better late than never). Now is the time for other state Education Boards to emulate Maharashtra's example to give respite to the stressed out students, fearing for the exams and their results as if their whole life hinges on them (exams).

It's a pity that we've still been following Lord Macaulay's outdated education system that's based upon the plain dichotomy of Pass and Fail. Before delving into the otiose purpose of assessing a student's calibre through exams, it's imperative to bear in mind that there are other ways as well to evaluate a student without putting him/her through the rigmarole of routine exams. But have we resorted to them? Have we ever thought of making inroads into the existing system and revamping it?

The grading system and year-wise/overall performance module in addition to the conventional pass/fail........

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