Marks Are Not The Only Parameter To Judge Someone’s Potential

By | 20/05/2019

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Today , I will be reiterating the need for restructuring the Education System In India where focus should be on knowledge and learning not on marks and Students  should never be judged based upon his or her marks.

Around this time every year, a lot of people start posting a ton of stuff about marks and various board exam results because this is the season of results. Candidates who are passing their board exams seeking admission in the country’s vast group of institutions and step forward a new phase of life. On one hand, There are thousands of student who are celebrating this moment with their families, friends and relatives but on other hand, there are many of them who could not clear it or who is not interested in studies and can be interested in something else which he or she can master.

They say that marks do not matter. I think ,the question that needs to be posed at stage is – Are marks a true reflection of a student’s caliber and Intelligence?  They have basically sugar coated their words in an attempt to say things that young generation would like to hear. Although I do agree with the fact that your marks do not matter to some extent, the way it is propagated on social media is down right stupid.

You obviously don’t need good grades if you’re talented. But here’s the thing – honestly, most of us aren’t extraordinarily talented. Post CBSE results, parents/teachers/friends/stand-up comedians might have told you good things about yourself but that’s majorly because most of them don’t want to dishearten you.

“I don’t believe the most successful people are the ones who got the best grades, got into the best schools, or made the most money.”  – Ben Stein

I know that most of us like to believe that we are special snowflakes. As we talk about today’s academic examinations they are mostly full of cramping portion everyone feels him or herself intellectual but when he or she sits in a competitive exam then the particular person came to know what he or she is learnt till that day. In India, every student wants to pass a school life by cramping or by temporarily fixing a syllabus in their mind it’s not thought that a 95 or above percentage holder can pass a competition by just learning a syllabus for few days but if a student is learning just only a few part of syllabus but for permanent period of time than he or she will have a better result than 95 above percentage holder.

Not to offend, but today’s educational system had became useless. It gradually came to became just a memory testing system.Marks secured ‘not always’ can’t measure a student’s true potential. It needs to be a fine and long process of finding our true potential and working on it, making it something for ourselves. Today, very often, society and most of the parents judge children based on the academic marks they secure, they expect more, thereby putting a lot of pressure on the child. This creates nothing more than mental pressure to the students. If a student have enough interest in academics, they would go for it. But, many students, are now facing peer pressure because ‘they can’t have time on what they found interesting and what they found their true potential’. This often spoils their personality.  

Often , Marks are not an indication of talent or intelligence, but rate her dedication, sincerity and hard work. There are different types of intelligence in the world. There can be successful businessman, which would be related to Mukesh Ambani and Azim Premji or more of a creative smart minded people like Ritesh Agarwal. M F Husain had an intelligent creative mind but might not of been that great at school. We could also judge intelligence when there was not even good education such as Coca Cola with its amazing marketing. I firmly believe good grades leads to better opportunity but having good common sense or another type of intelligence that might not be dealt with in school can be just as or even more effective.  There are other greats (but it will take too long) but hard work in areas you’re good in can undoubtedly make you very successful.

I truly believe that the examination is a way to test one individual performance and his knowledge. What kills the education is the way we learned in a wrong way. Mostly in India, we learn only to pass in the exams so that we get a job and this leads to the failure of a good education. Even the education system of a nation too involved in it as they include irrelevant topics which is not practical or which can’t be used in the future. Students have inferiority in them for the exams. So they just try to remember the concept for the day of the exam and later on it evaporates from their minds. While everyone knows the value of education, sometimes situations or circumstances force us to take steps that might not always go down well with the socially correct idea of success or people end up considering you as if you are good for nothing. Despite what everyone around you says, there is always a hope of being something. You may do wonders if you try hard enough and try tirelessly.

There would be million examples of people who had done badly in their school exams and yet shone like starts in later life. I would like to explain you the same which I mentioned above by giving you some famous personalities names and few details about them who have made it great with their fame and they do not need to have an introduction or so ;

1. Mary Kom : Mary Kom has bought India accolades in many international tournaments and is one of the best boxers in the nation at the moment. She is definitely an inspiration to many athletes who aspire to represent their country in a sport of their choice.The Manipuri girl has battled many odds on her way to achieving incredible things in the boxing ring. We all know that she is a 5-time World Champion and a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics. She dropped out School midway and made her career in Boxing.

2.  Aamir Khan :  The method actor, the perfectionist of Indian Cinema who is looked up to, by many aspiring actors of the country and is behind some of the most successful social campaigns through his path breaking show “Satyamev Jayte”, Aamir is also a school dropout at the age of 17 and then he followed his passion for Bollywood. He is also one of them who decided that college is not a suitable place for him.

3.  Ritesh Agarwal : Ritesh Agarwal is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of OYO Rooms, India’s largest budget hotel chain with 270,000 rooms under its umbrella. The company’s continued growth can be largely attributed to the young entrepreneur’s resilience and business acumen. He dropped out from his college to focus on building OYO.

4.  Mark Zuckerberg : Who would have believed that this young american technology entrepreneur who dropped out from Harvard University at the age of 19 and became the King of Social Media. He is the CEO of a company worth nearly $400 billion. He does not need any Introduction at this present time. He left the college before the college could give him his degree.

There are many famous personalities such as Kapil Dev, Smriti Irani, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Adani, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan & Aishwarya Rai who proved that success in not only achieved through academics

Degree. They all have made their mark by following their passion and dream of achieving something great in their life. Almost all of them have agreed to this that sticking to your beliefs is the best way to make it.  

Long ago, exams were devised to give the teacher a measure of how effective the teaching has been, but now it has evolved to a stage when everyone — students, parents, teachers and the managements — just use it to judge the capability of the student,” –  Dr. T. S. Natarajan, professor in IIT Madras

Knowledge and intelligence are quantum times more vast and diverse and cannot be constrained by or limited to something as rigid and arbitrary as marks. It cannot be the lone criterion of judging someone’s intelligence and aptitude. Also, it cannot be the basis of comparison between two persons. One person might be comfortable with 5-6 hours of study per day to obtain certain marks, while another might require much longer hours to cover the same syllabus and gain the same marks. Along with intelligence, marks might also be a matter of the amount of time spent studying and mugging things up, or sometimes, as mentioned, a matter of one’s luck.

Not everyone can do everything. For example, a student who does well in mathematics may be poor in chemistry. Another, who has brilliant language, may be lost when it comes to history, which may be someone else’s forte. Fortunately, at present, there are opportunities for doing well and gaining a good career in many fields. You just need to look around and find what suits you the best.

Class XII marks are very important, of course. If a student scores enough to gain admission in the course and college of his or her choice, there is nothing like it. But this almost serendipitous state of affairs is not something one can guarantee.If this happy coincidence does not occur, instead of being resigned to what one perceives as a failure, one has to look beyond. Students must see that many years later, this will appear minute and insignificant to them, after they have gone about their own achievements.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2015, every hour, one student commits suicide in India. Students all over the nation are taking their class 10th and 12th Board Exams, and the exam pressure is taking a toll on their lives.

The percentage of students committing suicide due to failure in exams is very high in states like Assam, Jharkhand and Tripura, even though the total number of student suicides in these states is less in comparison with states like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

As the world grows highly competitive and the stress and pressure of survival boggle the mind of our children, it’s our prime duty to give them the moral support they need.

We should not add to their pressure. We should help them overcome it. And we should not force them beyond their capacity. As the time of results is coming near, let’s give strength to our children to face whatever life gives them.So, concluding, I am putting the point that the judging any performance itself at this stage would not much of the use. Though, the primary screening should be done on the based of passion drive and interest, which need a broad span of subjectivity and practicality in the parameters to measure.

Well, so points I tried to make,

A) Do not put parameters (to judge or not is not the question now)

B) Screening should be done only, that to subjective and practical task/interest based output without any record (Records bring comparison and then judgement)

C) There should not be a shrinking window at any stage during this frame of life for opportunity and creativity

D) More interactive & influence based tracing should be done to highlight inclination only, nothing more.

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4 thoughts on “Marks Are Not The Only Parameter To Judge Someone’s Potential

  1. Shonak Vaid

    The Astounding writing
    the parts covered are genuine and pragmatic. it is really Helpful for all parents,children and teachers.

    1. Gourav Sharma

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  2. Vishal Kumar

    Excellent Writing. It will change overview of all parents towards theirs childrens.

    1. Vishnu Morya Post author

      Thanks Vishal for your kind words! hope to see you back here.


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