"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 retired teacher.
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 vote.
Instead of treating competition as a 'value', there is a need to encourage 'cooperation' in academics to make learning a social process.
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