Wednesday, July 13, 2011

No Examination till Class VIII in Bengal - Justified?

Species facing the danger of extinction in West Bengal – Intellectual and Educated Bengalis.

  • No Examination till Class VIII
  • Compulsory Spoken English Test of 50 marks from Class I
    (Not sure when there is no pass-fail concept, what is the point in introducing a compulsory test)

Source: MSN

My Questions: 

  • Are we going to get more street smart idiots?
  • Are we going to get more unemployed educated persons?
  • Is it a way to increase literacy in the state and to show off 'We have so many Class VIII passed people'?

Students of West Bengal who used to study in Bengalee Medium Govt. schools used to enjoy one advantage – the syllabus, the robust in detailed courseware. When other boards introduced short-question oriented examination styles and books, student of West Bengal board had to go through robust books that helped them gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects.

And that is a reason being not-so-good in spoken English (which is not true always) they are still doing well in different spheres of life. Of course spoken English course would help them do better in life. But no examination to reduce the burden from students? Doesn’t it sound funny? These students will be able to speak in English, but will not have the desired knowledge. What a society waiting for us!

For the sake of debate: Rabindranath Tagore did not go to school! Now, Rabindranath Tagore – it might not be right to think that millions of Bengali students would have that level of talent.

Examination brings in a kind of discipline in student life; there are many other ways of reducing burdens from those little shoulders – such as: introducing interactive classes, more project work, practical classes from primary section. I am sure educationalists can recommend many other ways so that children are not afraid of exam.

Not sure, if this is going to be another historical blunder where people of West Bengal are the guinea pigs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Scottish Church Collegiate School suffocates the city to celebrate their Foundation Day

It may be a big day for them, but not for thousands of people in Kolkata. Without hurting anyone’s sentiment I strongly oppose the way Scottish Church Collegiate School celebrated their foundation day today.

There was a big rally escorted by Kolkata Police. I met the rally near Manicktala crossing – traffic became standstill and all the office-goers and others were FORCED to watch the school students walking with blue balloons in their hands.

Organizing such a rally in the middle of the week and during office hours is an IRRESPONSIBLE act on their part – my personal view. Since Kolkata Police escorted the rally, it seems they took police permission; I wonder why Kolkata Police gave them permission to arrange such a thing on Wednesday Morning around 9 AM?

A Case Study

Think about the Fashion Designer who reached office late today; tomorrow there might be a Taxi and Bus strike in West Bengal – hence, she might have to sacrifice a day’s salary at the end of the month? Who will take the responsibility? Kolkata Police or the School Authority?

Most Important Part:

Why I said ‘It may be a big day for them’? The students walking in the rally were looking very reluctant. Few were fighting with each other and rests of the students were playing with balloons. Junior students looked sincere comparatively.

Rallies on special days – August 15 or 25she Boishakh are still acceptable because people mentally prepare themselves for these things and get out of home with enough time in hand in case they have an emergency. But the kind of celebration Scottish Church Collegiate School did today is just UNACCEPTABLE.