The class 10 CBSE Board results were declared yesterday, and it was such that I felt like tearing my hair off my scalp, strand-by-strand. To begin with, it was a VERY bad day. I slept the whole day on Friday (well, most of it) and was waiting since 0000 hours on Saturday for the result, which was to be declared at 0600 hours on CBSE results website. I had my Internet connection online the whole time, when barely 20 minutes before the result came out (around 0400 hours), it got disconnected. I was SO irritated and I called many officials, engineers, linemen, distributors, etc. of my ISP; in fact, whichever person’s phone number I had to get it back online.
Alas, that was not to be so. I switched over to instant messaging through my cellphone (I’d like to thank the people involved in the development of GPRS, 3G networks, Yahoo!…) when to my chagrin, I came to know from my (former) schoolmates that the result had been declared (I’d like to thank my [former] schoolmates for their support at this juncture…). So I called up the IVRS number of CBSE and the first number I hear is 79. I disconnected, and tried again. The nightmare had just started, and refused to go away. Here is what I heard:
- Science & Technology: 99% (A1) – Hmmm, not bad, but slightly embarrassing for a national champ in science.
- Mathematics: 96% (A1)- Did a question by a method not mentioned in prescribed syllabus (because that method is far shorter and easier; didn’t think of any possible consequences in the exam hall, now I do, in hindsight).
- Sanskrit: 96% (A1)- Too happy. Getting above 90% (at last!) for the first time in two years in this subject.
- Social Science: 93% (A1)- Could’ve got 94%, had not the school been unfairly stingy with it’s internal assessment score for me, especially when had submitted assignments on time and made an excellent project with actual time spent at newspaper offices, libraries (I’d like to thank the British Council Library…), and eminent historians. Precedence was given to cookie-cutter projects, that too the ones which were colored ridiculously to look like a, well, tiny-tot coloring book; that’s not what serious projects are supposed to be. Also, in the exam, I’d answered both internal options in a particular question, although according to CBSE directives, that should not have affected my score.
- English: 79% (!!!!!!) (A2) – Now you know why I disconnected the phone first time. This. A straight-from-Dubya ‘shock-and-awe’ thingy. Still CAN’T believe that I got so less. This was one subject in which I’ve always topped (apart from science), and I’ve even won national-level essay competitions. However, this wasn’t enough for the dumb examiners at CBSE. Even in other schools, friends of mine who’ve been toppers and in general considered to be immaculate in English have ended up with scores in the 70s (and thus getting the term from us [generally] English toppers, That 70s Show). On the other hand, students who ARE not that well in English have got higher marks.
The overall average is around 93% (why bother writing the actual percentage when I can give a rounded-off, better-looking figure). Which, could have been higher had it not been for English. And, in that scenario, it’d have been ME with the highest marks in school. It’s the same with many of my friends, whose overall percentages have gone down, just because of English.
However, anger is bad thing and I’m NOT AT ALL angry with the English examiner who checked my paper. In fact, I’d like to send her on a much-needed vacation. All-expenses paid. Never-ending. To HELL.
The whole CBSE education system is rotten actually, since it lays more emphasis on rote-learning. The people who actually have knowledge are shoved out. Which is a really sad thing, and thus I HATE ROTE LEARNERS.
I have other things on the agenda though. Having (some would say prematurely) left my school, I’m hunting for a new one. The admission process machinery is rolling in all school. So it’s top priority right now. Dream school – DPS RKP. More updates on this as things progress.
As for my ‘comments’ on my old school, they’re currently delayed. Any inconvenience caused is regretted. Please stand by for the dose of (possibly) vitriolic ‘comments.’
The whole result incident only reinforces my schizophrenic Marvin the Paranoid Android identity. So let me spin my own ‘virtual reality’ of a world out to get my goat, and nurse wounds caused by ‘The Marks’ (you should know by now what I’m referring to by now).
A short note on the audio clip: It’s not a very professional sounding one, because (a) this is my first ‘podcast’ (b) couldn’t find mean enough words about certain people (read, English examiners) and yet not be blocked by ICRA/SafeSurf for profanity.