What can be more exhausting than the Board exams itself?
The wait for the results.
The past two weeks gone by were sure a roller coaster ride for the students who appeared in the 10th and 12th board exams 2018, as the results by both the ICSE & CBSE were declared online.
The board results like every year bring cheer for many and disappointment for some. Like the trend of past few years, this year too, we saw many students scoring above 90%. The “toppers”- they call them. But not all toppers are toppers. What I mean is that all toppers are not alike. By observing the manner in which a topper reacts on seeing his/her result for the first time, they can be categorised.
Like the ‘smug ones’.
These are the omniscient angels. They know their results even before the CBSE (or ICSE) does. 99% dot! They knew it and poof! Here it is. Not a muscle on their face will move when the computer screen flashes their score card with the gargantuan marks on it. Or even when the parents & the media & the neighbours shower all those boring accolades. Just a somber smile is all they have to offer. After all, they knew it, no surprises here.
Then there are the ‘always-hungry-for-more ones’. The score card is displaying a giant sum total of 499/500 and they are already half-drowned in their own tears, mourning the death of that one mark that could have given them a perfect 100%. Absolutely nothing could satisfy these hungry marks-eaters!
Then we have the ‘brooders’. They are initially at peace with their scores, all hail &
hearty, but no sooner do they hear that their comrades got a higher merit, than their merry-making turns into worry-&-racking. How come he/she got a point more than I did, we studied from the same notes! (Sob sob)
And then there are my personal favourites, the ‘dumbfounded ones’. They are the ones who expect 80% but get 90%. They thrice check their roll numbers and even probably call up the Board administration to enquire if there had been any mistake in the compilation of the results. It is upon being only utterly dead sure, that there had been absolutely no glitches at all, the feeling starts to sink in. The feeling of a topper. It might take a minute or two, but once it does they go berserk. There is no stopping them then. This is their salvation. They want nothing more from life.
Funny isn’t it? But guess what’s funnier- our country, which produces lakhs of such toppers annually, is destined to be the youngest nation in the world but is also, ironically, the one with the highest number of educated unemployed. We are producing “toppers” but are we producing enough jobs to retain them? Our country where the pass percentage is a mere 33%, the topper getting a humongous 99% is a self-mockery by our education system.
We are not giving them 499 marks; we are giving them 499 dreams, dreams which our country cannot fulfill. We are raising their expectations only to trash them later on. And this is the root cause of brain drain. What does a topper do when he/she is unable to make a career that fits the magnanimity of their scores? What does an average scorer do? The one who got a handsome 85%. It’s a fairly good score, c’mon. But it is peanuts when compared to the giant 99%. The toppers eventually head West because there aren’t any opportunities here that befit their massive calibre and the average ones, who were made to feel too average due to their super-intelligent contemporaries, also, sadly start looking for greener pastures. The good brains and the best brains all wash out.
I am not saying that awarding some one with what they deserve is wrong but promising unicorns when the forest is actually filled with ghosts is kind of cruel.
Do let me know your views too in the comment section on “toppers” and our education system.