Exams: Fearsome Tool of Exclusion

Dixit, Shalini (2017) Exams: Fearsome Tool of Exclusion. Deccan Herald, 16 November 2017, Bengaluru.

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Abstract: The killing of a second grader by an older student in Ryan International School, Gurugram, is disturbing. Even more shocking is the finding that just prior to this murder, a few children had brought poison to the school to kill others in order to postpone the forthcoming exams. We may conveniently categorise this as a murder by a juvenile and an instance of increased violence among children. However, while violence is just one aspect of this unfortunate incident, the main reason is something that is embedded deep in our society and our education system. This is a matter of learning, merit and their demonstration in the form of scorecards. It is also about what is valued in our society. Learning is a very personal and personalised process. Still, the subject matter that is taught and the pace at which a child is tested is decided by the boards. It has to be institutionalised and certified as an essential requirement of a developed society. These modes and pace of learning are assumed to be uniform for all the children in our existing system.
Item Type: In the Media
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Education
Programmes > Education Programme > Social Exclusion and Education
Programmes > Education Programme
Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 07:37
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 07:11
Official URL: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/643012/exams-f...
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/1369

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