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|Bad Investment (standard:non fiction, 644 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Mar 29 2013||Views/Reads: 1270/766||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|In a country like India, the money spent in millions on courses to prepare for entry tests into professional schools is better spent elsewhere like improving the badly needed infra-stucture.|
Bad Investment Subba Rao In India, admissions at professional colleges in the field of medicine and engineering went up sky high. The numbers were mind boggling. This is good news. Now the schools to prep the students for standardized tests for admission into professional colleges turned into a big business, in one southern state it is around 100 million dollar business. This is lot of money particularly in a country like India with low per capita income and poverty. This money is not coming out of government treasury, it all coming straight from the parents' pocket. The parents eager to help their kids to get good ranking in qualifying tests spend their hard earned money amounting to millions. The teaching centers train the students to cram test material to get good scores. Students were not academically benefited at all through expanding their original talent or critical thinking. If the professional colleges choose to ignore the standardized test scores and use the high school scores as the basis for admission, the quality of students admitting into their school won't change a bit. Data show that high school grades are as good indicators as scores in standardized tests in evaluating the students' academic ability. The standardized tests instituted in recent past as an additional tool to evaluate the high school students is nothing short of a business plan to make money. The argument that not all high school scores are equal and standardized tests would level the field sounds rational but in realty there is no end to what extent or level we can standardize the evaluations. The curriculum at the professional and graduate schools shall automatically filter out the students not suitable to the program. Even if some students beat the system to graduate they filter out at the work place anyway. History tells that the standardized test score before the admission has no bearing on the quality of student at the end of the graduation. The Money spent in millions by the parents is a total waste. I don't get it. 100 million dollars currently spent at the training schools are better spent elsewhere say in buying bonds to finance projects to improve basic requirements for healthy living. The raw sewer in many towns and cities in India is not treated at all. The sewer is allowed to seep into the ground underneath each house through septic tank system. The contaminated rain water and raw sewer in open drains does Click here to read the rest of this story (45 more lines)
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