MindGrind Mondays : Has the societal emphasis on marks done more harm than good to the real pursuit of knowledge?
28 student suicides are reported every day in India. Has the societal emphasis on marks done more harm than good to the real pursuit of knowledge? According to the National Crime Records Bureau, every hour one student commits suicide in India, with about 28 such suicides reported every day. Schools were intended to benefit the society by educating its citizens, but an education system which states that grades are the epitome of intellect has stripped education of its beauty. Last year, 19 students in Telangana committed suicide within a week after State’s intermediate results were announced. Two years back, 12 students in Madhya Pradesh ended their lives in a single day after the release of the board exam’s results. Esteemed institutions like IITs and India’s coaching hub- Kota has seen a series of student suicides every year. Historically, grades have existed primarily for institutions and not for the benefit of student learning per se. As more and more educational institutions