Do marks really matter?

Tuesday, 26 January 2021



Do marks really matter?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 18, 2019 13:36 hrs

The results are here and students have the marks to show for it. There are a lot of hoorahs going around and at the same time, a lot of disappointed parents and students. Please take note, that the word “parent” has been used before students. This commentary is not about the CBSE or SEBA results over the years and whether students have outdone the previous batches. 

To be honest, result day seems moot nowadays. Students are scoring above 99% for God sakes! Even a handwash doesn’t claim to outperform that!

The quote, “you can’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,” can’t be emphasized enough. It is time that students, academicians and parents start seeing the bigger picture – no two people are the same. Period! Students grind themselves through tedious hours of “book-worming” because year after year, they’re made to believe that “Life Goals” are achieved only when the report card has the higher numbers.

I may not be a parent, but I have sifted through several hundred resumes, sat through numerous interviews and soon enough it was clear that academic brilliance was not directly proportional to success. “Life” and “goals” are unique to each individual, so how can the route to achieving “Life Goals” be the same for everyone? 

It is more important that parents and teachers groom students for more practical challenges. Results and academics are of course important, but it is certainly not the end of the world if you’ve scored a 60%. Students need to understand the practical application of everything that they learn. I have seen academic toppers fail simple HR and Personal Interviews only because in the quest for learning from the book, they forget to develop a body language or the right attitude to have a conversation.

For all those who did well, congratulations! For all those who didn’t, you have an entire life ahead of you. Don’t let marks decide your future. Cheers! 

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