A lot of people often say that percentage doesn’t decide a child’s future, but what about getting into good colleges that have cutoffs? NT KURIOCITY asked youngsters for their views on the same

The definition of a good college will vary from person to person. It is not necessary that you need to make a career out of what you are studying in college; you may make a career out of anything, that’s why I feel people say that percentage doesn’t matter. This may also help in reducing students’ pressure on studies. But in reality, percentage does matter if you want to study in a good institute. As each institute has its reputation and they wouldn’t want to bring down their reputation and result by adding low percentage of students. But if one focuses on their interest and is consistent, it can change his/her destiny.

Aniket Narayan Naik, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao

Definitely, the percentage doesn’t decide the future of a student, but it is a requirement of the process. In this world, with such high population, we need to have some sort of grading system to segregate students. If we stop giving importance to percentages than on what basis shall students be given admission? Interviewing students to know their calibre is practically not possible for a large number of students. Good colleges always have their own exams which are set as per their needs. Students who crack these exams are most favoured. Cut off percentages help skim from among the best. When all ‘best’ students are assembled at one place, they create an atmosphere of the best diverse mindsets.

Kishan Mangeshkar, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Margao

If people often say that marks don’t really matter, then why is everyone working so hard to obtain high scores? This is because reputed colleges have high cut-offs. Nearly all colleges today have their own cut off criteria. If your marks do not fall in their cut off range then you don’t get admission. Students must compromise and get into a college of a lower cadre. In today’s world, people rarely get a chance to come up without getting into a reputed college. But there are people who have achieved great heights with their skills, courage, patience and hard work. And at the end success is the result of education and not marks.

Shruti Govekar, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao

Reputed colleges have cut-offs because they aim to maintain their standard, and people who aspire to get into such institutions study hard because they want to follow their passion. Cut offs help find the best talent. However, when people are forced to take up a profession because of pressure, they tend to underperform. But low percentage does not mean that a person is useless. Every individual is unique and good at least one thing. They just have to discover their calling.

Bhagyashree Nayak, Goa Medical College, Bambolim

Getting high marks and into premier institutes is just one path that children can choose. It’s so loved and promoted by parents and society because it’s ‘less risky’ and ‘safe’. But many children choose to play sports, explore the arts, learn on the job or go out into the world and get their hands dirty right away. And they often turn out much more successful and much happier than children with fancy college degrees. I think that we should strive for a world where children are encouraged and supported to pursue their dreams, whatever those dreams maybe.

Pratheek Rebello, Dona Paula

Getting into colleges with high cut-offs is just one of the several opportunities, and that shouldn’t be the only criteria for those answering their exams. Cut off is important in the highly competitive world, but most people fail to understand that every individual has a different purpose and is custom made for that, so not everyone is hardwired to excel academically and get through that cutoff. In the Indian household, especially, there is so much pressure put on the child to perform academically, that they often miss out on focusing on other competencies for success.

Jeruel Paul, Goa University

Percentage definitely does not define the future of a child. Let’s look at it practically. A percentage scored in an examination is merely a reflection of the hard work and effort put in by the student. It is not a measure of intelligence. Success is more often than not the result of years of effort and dedication and not merely a brief success during one or two important academic years. While it is true that institutes have high cutoff percentages, graduating from any institute however prestigious is no guarantee that you’ll make it in life. The child who succeeds is often the hardest working and it’s never too late to work your hardest. You’d be surprised at the opportunities that come your way the moment you decide to put in the work. To quote Thomas Edison, ‘Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work’. Thus, do not worry if your marks are low, and your rewards are few; remember that the mighty oak was once a nut like you.

Russell Barreto, Benaulim

In my opinion, colleges that have cutoffs give the students a clear cut idea and set the bar for their future endeavours. It urges the students to push a little harder to achieve their goals. But then again, it is a bit stressful. If the students do not get the desired percentage as per the given cutoff in their preferred stream/college, they feel depressed. In this case, having cutoffs in colleges is not justified. Because if the students fail to obtain the percentage as per the given cutoff, and if they have a strong desire to get in that particular stream/college, their dreams get shattered. Hence, having a cutoff has its own pros and cons. Having said that, a solution to this issue would be to make the cutoff range more flexible.

Sarah Cabral, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Panaji