The Hindu Newspaper Analysis – 05 February 2021

The Question of Exams

The Question of Exam
  • This article is a conversation between two speakers and the Hindu Newspapers on the question that ‘if board exams should be conducted in one go this year?’
  • The first question is if we could shift to the pen and paper mode of testing from online?
    • While one speaker believes that we should definitely move towards this mode as the online testing formatting or even the classes is not something we could undertake and go forward with.
      • The other speaker believes that we must first go ahead with proper classes for this only then we can go ahead with the exams as this I the basic need.
  • The second question addresses the rural-urban digital divide and speaks about the fairness in testing all the students on common ground when they have undergone disparity.
    • The first speaker says that we cannot delay the exams as the student’s admission in the higher education institutions will get delayed. Moreover, the Govt has tried to reach out to the students and provide with classes and education through TV shows, Radio programs, TV channels among others. So, it is pretty feasible.
      • The second speaker believes that though all this has been provided we are not sure if all students have equal access to this, be it, TV or Radio or even as basic as power. So, we need to begin with classes.
  • The third question is about making the exams optional and its feasibility.
    • The single answer about this opines that it can be possible but this will affect the seriousness of the students and their approach towards other exams as well.
  • The fourth question is about making a separate examination policy for students with special needs and those hailing from backward areas.
    • The single answer about this provides that we look at education among others from a centralized lens and the policies we make are bureaucratized heavily. We look at it from the lens of big cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and others whereas in cities of states like Arunachal Pradesh there is not one case of COVID 19. So, we need to make a dynamic policy to cater to the needs of the people and students in various places.
  • The fifth question is about making exams a little less stressful.
    • The single opinion to this is that we cannot condense the syllabus so to make it n such a way that students don’t understand the concept. Exams do come in as a challenge and students take it in the right spirit and make sure they do well, and not take the stress.
  • The last question is about the feasibility of a supplementary exam for those who fail.
    • The single answer to this provides that yes, it is feasible and take into consideration for the students to learn and make themselves better and stronger as the pandemic and online classes have even seemed to affect their perception ideas.

Pandemic Among Others

Pandemic among Other
  • It has been a year since we reported the first case of the COVID 19 pandemic which was a student from Kerala who returned from Wuhan, China. Since then, to today it has been a roller coaster ride for India, and measures with ups and downs were taken.
  • Till date, India has reported 10790183 cases and 154703 deaths, and compared to the world, India stands second when it comes to cases and fourth in terms of deaths. In comparison to higher-income nations, India’s fatality ratio is 1.4% better than nations like the USA, UK, and South Africa which were over 2%. But the fatality ratio is way higher it’s south Asian counterparts like Nepal and others.
  • India’s initial response was good with screening international travelers, restricting inbound traffic, quarantine centers but later it affected due to growth in the number of cases and so on.
  • Then we saw the imposition of lockdown which was one of the strictest one but there were issues associated with it as it was announced at a very short notice and later the cases spiraled up.
  • We saw that we were completely dependent on the security forces and healthcare workers and this was followed by the migrant crisis which was not less than exodus and ended up in the deaths of many people and pushed several people’s out of jobs and livelihood.
  • The state-level ownership mattered in this regard where various steps were taken by various Govts including the state Govts and this affected the management scenario.
  • We also saw that there was a reduced role of the civil society organizations as they were also worried and intimidated and worried in this regard and it was lesser than other disease eradication; we also saw the participation of many international organizations.
  •  We saw that it was one of the toughest times as many people were pushed into poverty and there was an increase in inequality.
  • The Govt is going in the right path to solve the problem and help people to achieve good progress in this regard and the problem of the people.

Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraj Temple
  • This is an 11th-century temple believed to have been built by the Somvanshi King, Yayati I and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • It is located in the Bhubaneshwar city of Odisha,
  • It is 180 feet in height and built using the red stone in the Kalinga style of Architecture.
  • The temple complex has 150 subsidiary shrines.
  • The temple is special as it marks the syncretisation of Shiva and Vishnu and bhakts of deities visit the temple and pray.
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