UNEQUAL BOARDS RUIN COMMON ENTRANCE TESTS
Refer to ‘ Engineering a Common Path For College Admission’ by Jandhyala Tilak, 16 June. While I appreciate the points made by Professor Tilak in the article, developing uniform high standards among exams of all the states is impossible. Disparity across states in existing higher secondary (HS) syllabi is substantial. Removing this by upgrading the syllabus will be a daunting task. There will be a severe shortage of quality teachers suitable for the new syllabus. But without improving teacherstudent ratio, it will be futile to even attempt to improve the syllabus. Schools in rural areas, in general, are relatively poorly equipped in every respect, especially in science stream. Improvement in their infrastructure has to be addressed successfully first. Also, there is a huge gap in the Madhyamik (secondary) and higher secondary syllabi. Again, this has to be eliminated. As soon as HS score has a weightage in the calculation of entrance score for the IITs and other institutions, there will be an unholy competition between different boards to inflate scores in the HS exams. Already, evaluation scales in Central boards are soft compared to their state counterparts. Scores are not comparable between Central boards and state boards.
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