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By Gokhra and Mood Dude
Helloo Iris! Do you know that my favorite song is Iris? It's sung by this awesome band called the Goo Goo Dolls. You must have heard it. It's the theme song of City of Angels. For some reason many people don't like it- calling it a sissy and silly movie. But I still tell everyone it's a cool movie in the risk of social ostracizing. It's always ok to express your opinion- if you have solid arguments for it. Actually its solidness is tested by expression and by the test we can come up with the truth. Whoa! You must be wondering how all this is related to SSC? But wait, are you supposed to? After all you don't seem to have ever heard of 'irony'? Sure, you found the words 'absurdly awesome' to be repulsive. It does sound awful. Forgive me; I am not as blessed in English as you are. But the words do have a nice effect. I mean your results are awesome! Actually I am falling head over heels over it! But at the same time they are absurd. How else can you explain the dramatic, fantastic, expansive, awesome increase of marks? It defies everything! Sure you can point out a bucket load of insults and arguments but you seem to have conveniently 'forgotten' the main issue here. I have only one simple question. Please give one reasonable explanation of the result trend? That's all I need to ask. Period.
Hmm, understandably you are angry. But bear with me, please. At the end of the essay you might just find some 'accountable information'
You berated my grading system explanation. However I didn't forget about it. Its inclusion is absolutely un-necessary, because before 2001 the GPA 5 system didn't even exist. It was a mark system, with top marks getting top awards. As you can clearly see, there would be inflation, yes. But it doesn't affect the way the examines are rewarded. But I admit I forgot to mention the fact that from 2004 onward- it was decided to include the optional marks. And when did all the dramatic increase start? Mr. Manzoor Ahmed, the Director of Education and Development, BRAC wrote in the Daily Star: “Since 2004, the scores above 40 percent for an optional subject (the so called fourth paper) were added equally to all the compulsory subjects, thus artificially boosting the grade point average.”
You know what the worst part about the letter is. You made me sound like a vindictive arrogant English medium-er. I have nothing against Bangla medium students. I have nothing but admiration for you. The effort you put in is amazing and even in my entire life time I can't replicate the struggles you go through. I clearly wrote that in my essay, a fact which you conveniently, overlooked. Did I also mention that you guys don't deserve the grades you got? No, my point was that the awarding system is disproportionate. It works in the disadvantage of those who are really good.
I have something against the system. I can't help but feel sad that with the effort you put into your education, you could do so much better. I can't stop feeling that your efforts are going in vain. You are struggling. Yes, you people have brains. Your mathematical skills are amazing. But just stop and think, for once. What are your exams really proving?
About teachers helping you out and you guys studying a lot. Do I think it's wrong? No. What I think is wrong is that the exams don't evolve along with you guys. The system doesn't change at all…to better test the smarts of a smarter and more equipped generation. Because of this stagnancy, the pedestrian ways the exams are constructed, I think we have a problem. Or just ponder this simple fact: Would you rather give an exam where everyone knows everything. Or would you rather give an exam where everyone knows everything but not everyone knows what to apply where.
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