Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The English-II quandary

"To be or Not to be is the question" is what Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) pronounced as Big-C(a popular mega-store in Bangkok) has been going through ever since the English II paper got leaked. By now, dozens of bloggers have posted on this topic and also covered largely in all forms of media.

However, I am not here to blame on what has happened - which is pretty much easy to do. What ever happened has happened and I find no use crying over spilled milk. Carelessness and complacency of some individual(s) has resulted into this but what is the wayforward. It is time for some strategic decisions to be made and it matters most at this juncture. Examination papers have leaked in the past too, and it is sure to happen in the future if the concerned authorities do not wake up. What is amusing is in the fact that, the swaying decision of the council has left the parents and students utterly bemused.

The earlier decision of the board, in its "wisdom" was to award the same marks obtained in English I  -which to me was utterly rubbish. No matter whether the correlation between the two papers was close to unity or not, they are still two different papers. I can understand the pressing need of an immediate decision for the board to make but did they evaluate the cascading implications.

Now, the decision has been made to evaluate the English II paper which is still not fair enough. Did the council consult the stakeholders? They might or might not have done it. The general opinion of the public, if we go by the poll on this issue conducted by Kuensel, was that the English II exam should be re-conducted. There is no doubt that it will have some financial implication in re-conducting the examination for this paper but atleast it would bring in fairness.

The kuensel poll as on 14th January 2015
I would not be surprised if the board again decides to re-conduct the examination. To be on a safer side, it would be wise on the part of those poor students who did not benefit from this blunder to be prepared for a re-sitting. 

P.S: This is just my personal opinion and is not intended to tarnish the name and fame of any individual or body related to this issue. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Perfect Business Pitch

The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit was held from 11th-13th January 2015 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Galaxy of high profile figures like Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, John Kerry, Secretary of States, USA, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India and notable business leaders and tycoons from around the world attended this mega event. Likewise, our Prime Minister was also on an "economic pilgrimage", as he puts it, to this Business Hub. It is quite interesting to note that his address in this summit took the gathering by surprise. Soon after his address, news got spread in the Indian newspapers and social media about his impromptu speech which won the hearts of the people gathered there.

The Economic Times puts it "Vibrant Gujarat: The spot light turns on Bhutan's PM Tshering Tobgay". The Hindu says "Smallest Country" Bhutan makes a big splash at Vibrant Gujarat. The Quartz India expresses "Vibrant Gujarat's showstopper wasn't Modi, Ambani or Kerry". It further goes on to say "On a stage bursting with chief executives of some of the world’s largest companies and politicians who hold sway over billions, the biggest applause came for the leader of a small Himalayan country wedged between India and China..."

I could not wait but look out for his address in youtube and other websites. Thanks to the person who uploaded it, I could get his full speech. I watched it over and over again. To me, that was the perfect business pitch in which the message was clear and loud. He truly caught the attention of the crowd through his witty remarks and interjections made in Hindi. I could see the Prime Minister of India gleefully smiling during his captivating address. In the interest of those who have still not watched it, I will not point out his key messages here. Rather, I recommend you to watch it for yourself on the link provided below.

I salute you, Your Excellency, for making us proud. 
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