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A year of scams and revelations

The 2G scam, the Radiia tapes, the Commmonwealth games, the IPL, the PDS... the list of scams this year has been endless. The media sure has had a great year, with news channel viewer-ship at a high. But they have left out the biggest scam of them all, and one with higher stakes than any other that they have reported.

I am talking of the scam in the education sector. For the first time, students in Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) schools have been given an option of whether they wish to appear in their board exams or not. All in the name of reducing pressure on the students.

Why do I call this a scam? The simple answer is that these students, including me, shall be the citizens of tomorrow. And I ask, is this what you wish to make us? Good-for-nothings that give up at the smallest hint of pressure?

If people claim that the pressure for board exams is high, then what about the pressure in college/university exams? So should we do away with those too? And when we work, would there not be the pressure of the workplace. Do away with the workplace too?

I hope that you too are thinking the way I am. The students who do not give the board exams this year shall continue in the same school for their +2. Well, how about they gave their board exams and continued in the same school? Schools generally have lower cut-offs for their own students, as should be considering that the school is responsible for their performance.

Imagine reading two years down the line, the following on the front page of the Times of India:

India dumbing down its kids: Wikileaks
Please join me in preventing this catastrophe. Let us say We don't need no education, but this time, the grammar is correct.

Do give those board exams.

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