Is it right for CBSE to promote academic competition among students and schools?
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced Writing Series Competition and invited entries from the students on the inspirational lives of certain noted people of recent times.
The CBSE has invited both on-line and off-line
entries from the students on the inspirational life of Sri Pingali
Venkayya in English, Hindi or Telugu by 11th August so as to
felicitate the winners on 14th August in Delhi. The winners will be
selected on the basis of popular choice as well as by the experts.
According to the CBSE, the competition will provide
a platform to learn from others- through blogs, wikis, etc. along
with use of social media like Facebook and Twitter to popularize the
submitted entries and also for the selection of winning entries
through peer voting.
"The CBSE should not encourage competitions of
this kind since they will promote win-at-all costs attitude among
children and their parents through on-line voting and prizes. In
fact, there is a need to protect children from a cut-throat academic
environment these days," said Prabha Awasthi, Jaipur-based
I too think that unequal race and nasty stuff
usually starts with the announcement of prizes, vying for limelight
and education becoming real ugly. Rather, the CBSE should invest to
build its own capacity to make evaluation system more reliable and
valid rather than organizing competitions of all kinds in schools,
especially the ones in which winners are selected through popular
Instead of treating competition as a 'value',
there is a need to encourage 'cooperation' in academics to make
learning a social process.