Kapil Sibal, India’s new Macaulay

Not everyday does one get a chance to see the newspaper with all great news – all positive and making of history of sorts. It happened today with Kapil Sibal making headlines in introducing a rationale to do away with the 10th Board exams. Added to that is the bill to introduce compulsory education as a fundamental right.

I think these are far reaching efforts, to make people come up the ladder and make it happen for the democracy. I have always advocated that exams were never a reflection of anybodys achievements and unfortunately we have to go by it.

I also had spoken about this during my talk show at Gyan Vani where I said it was a necessary evil and that the society at large was also at fault to make it a real issue.

Now that 10th standard board exams will be abolished we need to have an alternative to look at the children’s ability and attitude to see them through the following years.

On the other side of the newspaper was an article which suggested that the 12th standard marks and the cut off will be on the same day thus making it easy for them to see where they stand.

I should admit that when the Tamilnadu government had abolished the entrance exams how the counseling will go on and so forth, but luckily it has been a breeze till now and no ones complaining.

Then we have the news of Unique ID Plan being headed by Nandan Nilekani, so the government means business in 100 days…

Watch this interview of Mr. Sibal on NDTV.

R Senthilkumar