Multiple Education Systems in One Single Country: Productive or Counter-Productive?
"It is 3 am now. You should go get some sleep, son" my mom told me as I sat on the sofa, with legs stretched, reading lessons on world history.
"Mom, you know what if i don't get good grades I wont make it to college". I said, with heavy eyes.
This was the every night scenario in my house when I was appearing for my 10th Board Exams. If you are an Indian, you know the horror of Board exams and if you aren't, I will sum it up in one line: Your life depends on the results of these exams.
There are two systems of education in India : The Central and The State. In Central system, all the schools affiliated to the Central Board will have a common curriculum. As for the state, all the schools affiliated to the State Board will have same curriculum. And the number of state boards equals the number of states in the country.
Doesn't sound all that bad until you find out the fact that all the Colleges are affiliated to the boards of their respective states.
Here is where the problem arises: A student moving from the Central system to a college faces multiple issues. You may have scored 90% under Central system (which generally has more advanced curriculum compared to state) and there are students from State system with 90% score. All the students, at the time of admission, are judged based on their % score while disregarding the curriculum.
What was the story at the start for: Well, I knew I was going from Central system to the state system so I had to work hard to prepare for any 'tremors' I may face at the ti me of admission. I MUST have a very high % score or else....
So my question here is: Are you in favor of such a system? Also, does your country have such a system?