Bhopal: The Rajya Siksha Kendra which decides on the curriculum of the primary schools in Madhya Pradesh has decided to do away with giving marks in report cards of class I and II students of Government schools. Instead, the students will be given smileys based on their performance.
According to the news reported in Hindustan Times, this will be implemented from the next academic session and directives have been issued to all district education officers and district coordinators of the Kendra.
Lokesh Jatav, Director of Rajya Siksha Kendra, said that “Nowadays parents start pressuring their kids for good marks from Class 1. So we have decided that the evaluations class 1 and 2 students will be done on the basis of exercise books and an oral test and no marks would be given.”
Mr. Jatav further said that “Marks are absolute figures and often causes stress to parents who compare the marks their kid got with that of others. The smileys are less stressful as many students will get the same number of smileys. At the same time students who get only one smiley are being told in a gentle way that they need to buck up.”
The decision has been taken keeping in mind that process of learning should be in a stress free environment.