There are many schools under CBSE that are fully funded by the Government. But some of these schools reflect the unhealthy competition leading to lots of pressure on students to perform academically. Hoardings of toppers in board exams is an example of a market driven approach which is commonly seen in private funded schools. Such practices in fully government funded schools can be curbed by the local level education authorities. The encouragement to the achievers may be given in several other ways which may be planned by the school authorities.
An observation – A fully funded Government school has the practice of putting hoarding of academic excellence in the entrance gate of the school with photographs. The school was unconsciously promoting a belief that academic excellence is the motto of the school. In this kind of a situation parents would naturally put undue pressure on performance in exams fearing social exclusion though there is a policy initiative to support those who do not excel academically. Children who are not able to achieve academically were suffering psychological segregation. As a fully Government funded school, the school policy is to promote individual success, acceptance of diversity, encouragement to creative arts, without highlighting the scholastic performance. Hence such practice of putting banners of academic achievers highlighting only scholastic performance should stop.
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