As soon as grade ten ends, the real drama of life begins – choosing a career path. Since then a student is overburdened with classes and subjects and a very long line of career decisions that they have to make. The real rat-race of life begins as the final examination of grade twelve ends. The student is bombarded with career questions and surrounded by high piles of entrance forms to fill for different universities.
Once that reaches completion, the next task is to cram your head with everything you have done in the last two years to clear the entrance exams. The students do not get over that completely when their board results come out and after that it is a ceaseless wait of anticipation – to see which college they get into. And soon the cut-offs are released – the deciding factor.
I have seen children break down and give up hope once the cut-offs start to release. From the past few years the cut-offs have escalated at a really quick pace. With colleges releasing their first lists at a 100%, an average student is reduced to tears for feel like a nobody. Ninety percent marks which were once applauded and appreciated have now become the new forty percent, for they are unable to get into their first preference college. The general category applicants are especially at the precipice. There are limited seats and ridiculously high cut-offs. It is almost impossible for an average general category applicant to get into any of the decent colleges because the cut-offs are impossibly high.
The aim of promoting all-round development at the school level is completely defeated because nothing other than your academic result matters when you are taking your first step into the real life. The creative side of you, the strengths that you have, all of it is cast aside because they are not regarded. So what does an average student do in this case? The student settles for a college which is not his/her first preference and feels as worthless as he/she could.
The system needs a change. The authorities need to break through the system of reserved seats and value students for who they are, not from the class of people they come from.