The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII results were recently announced and with the number of scorers in the 95 per cent or above club reaching an all time high, the cut offs at Delhi University (DU) are certainly expected to soar.
Interestingly, as the number of students in the 95 plus club continues to increase every year, the highly meritorious candidates are deprived of getting admission to a subject and college of their choice.
This highly stressful situation for both parents and students has been mainly attributed to a mismatch between demand and supply. As the hike in cutoffs becomes inevitable owing to students scoring more marks, the number of seats still remains static. Following CBSE’s footsteps, various other boards have magnified their marks by allowing unusually unscientific moderation marks and grace marks.
Last week, St. Stephen’s announcement of 98 per cent as cut off for Economics and English have left many students heartbroken.
Valson Thampu, the vice principal of St. Stephens’s confirmed that marks have almost become meaningless as indicators to merit. This has really become a burning issue and stems from a wide disparity between supply and demand. It is really disheartening to see such talented students suffer this level of frustration.
“Students scores have improved over the years since as per Continuous and Comprehensive Education (CCE) we assess students holistically rather than on role knowledge. This helps them exhibit various aspects that they excel in and score better”, said a senior CBSE official.
However, according to Ashok Ganguly, former chairman, CBSE, there has been an unhealthy competition between boards across the country including the national boards. But, at the same time, there is no denying the fact that students have become smarter.
He also added that adding more seats at the under graduate level is a viable solution to the issue of mismatch between supply and demand. The former chairman also commented on the urgent need to universalize excellence in all the institutions of higher education to check the rush of students to Delhi for admissions.