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It is very sad and painful to see and testify the standard as well as quality of majority of our students these days. Being in the profession of teaching I started asking myself, what went wrong with our young people in the field of quality Education, in spite of tireless toil of parents, students organizations to bring quality Education? It’s widely known that parents runs here and there for their children’s tuition from dawn to dusk in addition to what school teachers taught in their respective schools in the hope that the quality and standard of their wards might be enhanced but majority of parents if I am not mistaken disheartened so badly that some of them even started taking BP controlling tablets. The pass percentage of HSLC Examination conducted by BOSEM is soaring up as per record with many of our students passed with letter marks in Mathematics. Seeing this I am so happy that our youths are very good in Mathematics. But when the result of HSSLC Examination result conducted by COHSEM is declared the result is just reversed. The pass percentage in Mathematics subject is below 50% in most year but improved a little in 2019 result, still then majority of students passed in Mathematics just obtained 33% .A big question is why? How these boys and girls who scored good marks in Mathematics in HSLC are getting very low marks and even fail in Mathematics in HSSLC Examination? Is it due to the deficiency of Mathematics teachers in teaching Mathematics? Is it due to parent’s desire   (not by the students) opting their children to go for Medical line, resulting their aptitude in Mathematics have been nipped in the bud? Due to this mass failure or declining the aptitude in Mathematics at this stage of Education might cause a big vacuum in the field of Mathematics studies in Manipur, I presume rather sufficient number of Mathematics teachers may not be available in Manipur in the time to come.
         Besides this, it is also generally observed that the aptitude of learning or study among our people of young age has declined drastically. Is it due to globalization in this era of ITEs? Is it due to unemployment problem after tooth and nail efforts for a better career and future? Is it due to the malpractices or irregularities in Board examination and State service commission’s Examination?  In last year HSCLC examination,  one  student  who  stood  fourth  position  in the said  examination conducted by BOSEM was given eight (08) marks less, if she were given that eight (08) marks she would have been First Position as her total of 569 +08=577,but the First position holders scored 573 marks in total. Not only this, one student who could have been in first twenty-five rank was given ten (10) marks less. Before impasses of last year’s HSLC Exam gets over, another problem has come out again in the result of this year’s (2019) HSLC Examination conducted by BOSEM. It is reported that a student who declared 24th rank by getting 543 marks, after rechecking got 546 marks which makes 21st rank. Similarly another student who stood 24th rank become 16th rank,15th rank become 13th rank and two students who were simply declared pass in first division become 22nd and 25th rank respectively after re-evaluation. Where has the enquiry committee formed to look into the last year case landed? In another case of Manipur University, a girl student of WAIKHOM MANI GIRLS COLLEGE( Arina Begum) who appeared 6th semester B.Sc. Geology (Hons, bearing Roll No.6106615) exam of 2019 (May) declared failed in the exam result declared on 01/07/2019 as per No.MU/9/1-6/17 EXAM(C) of controller of Exam office. However in the Corrigendum of dated the 12th July 2019, No.MU/9/1-6/19 Exam(C) the said girl student has been declared passed in first Division and placed 3rd position in merit list. What is this? It won’t be exaggerated to say that many such irregularities could have been in Manipur University also, which again caused many unwanted & unnecessary problems to our students. Again one of the leading local news Paper’s headline on 20th July 2018 also reported many malpractices and irregularities in the MCSCCE 2016, conducted by MPSC in which the mark of one candidate who scored 129 in Geography paper-II was entered as 32.Not only this many answer scripts (523 out of 5764) were not signed by the examiners as well as by the superintendent. This impasses is also going on unending even High Court of Manipur intervene the problem Similarly in HSSLC Examination conducted  by  COHSEM  also,  many  students  increased  their  total  marks  after rechecking  .Does  such  malpractices  and  irregularities  in  such  important examinations  responsible  in  losing  the  hopes  and  aspirations  of  lakhs  of  our youths? Is it due to such favoritisms, nepotisms that the hopes of lakhs of our youths may become in vain which in turn makes our youths, assets of no use? Students Organization like DESAM, trying at its best for “EDUCATION FREE ZONE” and MSF is campaigning “EIKHOI LAIRIK NINGTHINA TAMSI”. Who is listening the voices of our students’ leader who suffered a lot in many occasions fighting for the rights of our students? Who is the right person to answer these countless questions of our youths? And who is responsible for this?  

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh

Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. Presently, he is teaching Mathematics at NIELIT. Jugeshwor can be reached at: [email protected] Or WhatsApp’s No: 9612891339.

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