In a recent development of introducing reforms in the education system of the newly formed state, Telangana government has decided to introduce grading system in intermediate level from the next academic session, leaving behind the marking system which was prevalent all this years.
Citing that this move would ‘boost the confidence’ of students, the education department has decided to opt the model in use by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which grades students instead of giving marks at the intermediate level. Kadiam Srihari, who is the Deputy Chief Minister and the minister of education of the state, said the government is planning to implement the new system as soon as possible.
According to him, “If possible, we will introduce the new system from this academic year itself in order to reduce the level of stress and tension among students trying to score better marks. But, there is no doubt that we will have it in place in the next academic session.”
The Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) said that the move would stop private colleges to lure students showing them higher and higher marks attained by their students and present a falsified and pretty picture to market their institutes to the students. The very idea came into existence when the high court directed the previous government to stop private colleges claiming top ranks in their publicity posters. The court said that the kind of publicity war and competition is not healthy for students and would mark a negative impression in them.
According to a BIE official, “Many students feel upset after getting low ranks. The new system would scrap the practice of declaring somebody as a failure, giving relief to students as well as parents.” The move by the government to shift to the model used by CBSE has been hailed by educationist and teacher associates and they think that the colleges might take a little time to adapt to such changes.
Some of the officials even gone against it saying this would decrease the pressure on students of their studies but would keep a check on rank-hungry corporate colleges. According to Madhussudan Reddy, President of Telangana Junior College Lectures Association, “However, before implementation of the new system, the board should create awareness among students and parents. Otherwise, it will also meet the same fate like SSC.”
Srihari, further giving light on his Digital Telangana initiative, said, “Services such as submission of application, evaluation etc. would go online in technical and the higher education department.”