Come the end of May and India gets coloured with festival of results. Yes, declaration of results of secondaries, higher secondaries, JEEs, PMTs, UPSC etc marks this recently recognized festivity. India ,already a land of festivals, has recognized a yet another occasion to celebrate, enjoy, show-off and to humiliate. Everywhere people exchange wishes, congratulate the top ones. And, whether directly or indirectly reprimand them who could not do well.
On the brighter side some families fantasize the outstanding performances of their wards whereas on darker front, some keep hiding themselves to avoid result based queries. At workplaces, meetings, evening strolls, tea parties everywhere the gossip of the moment is all about results.
The question which arises here is Why so much hullabaloo for children’s marks? Of course! We must encourage and appreciate the students who worked harder and achieved good marks and grades but that doesn’t imply looking down upon those who could not. A child who does not excel in studies is not necessarily less talented. Marks just give quantitative indication of one’s performance in academics. The child with lower grades might be good in some other fields like sports, music , fine arts etc where he/she was not even remotely judged.
It’s about one’s interests, capabilities, assistance and environment which work together to bag success. And, above all its just kiddo’s grades and marks, it’s not something to live and die for. I still can’t fathom out as to why are Indian parents so obsessed with good marks. It’s not something to add feathers to parent’s social status. But in Indian societies, the importance of social, economic & political status is very much engrained to once academic performance.
What if Sachin Tendulkar’s parents had insisted and compelled him to concentrate on studies? We would have had a failed student and would have missed a cricket legend. Just for a moment imagine how torturous and troublesome it would be for a lion if it is judged by its ability of climbing a tree. A child should be groomed to reveal and excel in field of his interest.
While India constantly adds billions of students demanding jobs, avenues for them is but limited. It follows a universal economic theory which says that while demand increases exponentially, supply can best be increased linearly. This leads to ever-increasing gulf between demand and supply. This also ascertains that only the top few percentage people avail their cherished dreams. This demand supply imbalance enhances the greed and pressure for higher grades.
Indians in general have always conditioned to fully believe in risk free, conservative and traditional career, preferring approach of Study, get a job, Marry, lead a settled life rather than study, experiment & learn. People don’t go to school to learn. They go to school to get good grades which brings them high paying jobs and luxuries. Oscar Wilde truly sums it up in his famous saying “ Knowing the price of everything, yet value of nothing”.
There is an immense lack of infrastructure and opportunities for a non-traditional way of thinking and livelihood. Its not that pressure is only from elders i.e. teachers, parents, schools etc. But students amongst themselves build a grade stair and judge their peers based on marks. God knows when students and their parents would come out of their dreary hangover of fretting about scores and face the endless horizon inside which lies our own small world reverting to Srimad Bhagwad Gita Saying
“कर्मणयेवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।“