By bappaditya paul
For months Nivedita Manna had been waxing lyrical in television advertisements endorsing reference books by a Kolkata publisher saying they helped her make it to the official list of eight meritorious students who had scored “AA” grade in all seven subjects in the 2011 secondary (Madhyamik) exam in West Bengal.
But today (3 June), with the publication of the 2013 higher secondary results of the West Bengal board, Nivedita has taken a back seat. She is one of the seven students who have slipped off the list of eight meritorious students from the 2011 Madhyamik. Only one of the eight ~ Dipanjan Chatterjee of the Bankura Zilla School ~ has found a place in the HS top 10 with him being ranked ninth this time.
Nivedita, who appeared for the higher secondary examination from Nava Nalanda High School near Golpark in the city, has ranked 11th with a cumulative score of 462.
Other than Nivedita, the remaining six to have slipped from their earlier Madhyamik ranks include Swati Mondol Shau, Arka Chanda, Megha Mallik, Poulami Nandi, Achinta Dey and Aditya Adhikari.
They had featured in the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education’s list of eight meritorious Madhyamik examinees in 2011 with “AA” grade score in all seven subjects ~ the rating represents a score between 90 and 100 per cent. The board, which had done away with the publication of Madhyamik merit list from 2004-2011 due to a directive from the Centre, had published the list of eight saying they were only “declaring the names of those candidates who performed outstandingly in all the subjects”.
In the unofficial merit list for the 2011 Madhyamik that made it to the print, there were 10 students ~ Subhamoy Chakraborty, Soumyadeb Mahato, Sourav Bairagya, Dipanjan Chatterjee, Mrinmoy Pal, Nivedita Manna, Poulami Nandi, Megha Mullick, Aditya Adhikari and Sartaki Chakraborty.
Of them, the first five have succeeded to make it to this year’s top 10 list with them being ranked at 6, 8 and 9.
According to academics, complacency, coupled with a diversion of focus to medical and engineering entrance exams, is mostly responsible for secondary rank holders slipping in the higher secondary exam.
“Madhyamik toppers losing ranks in their higher secondary results is nothing new. This happens mainly because of the complacency that creeps into the students,” said an academic.
(The author is Senior Reporter, The Statesman, India. This report first appeared in The Statesman on 4 June 2013.)