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Student gets zero marks in exam, rejects any intelligence failure

16, Feb 2010 By Pagal Patrakar

Pilani, Rajasthan. Manish Tiwari, a second year student of Mechanical Engineering at BITS, has denied any sort of intelligence failure on his part after he scored a zero in a surprise quiz (exam) of mathematics held last week. Manish claimed that surprise quizzes were insidious in nature as they aimed to outwit unsuspecting students, and shouldn’t be used as a parameter for assessing intelligence of a quiz taker.

“There is no intelligence failure, but please remember this is not a mid-term or term-end exam. This is a surprise quiz that cunning instructors plant at their convenience to pain the students. Such quizzes are not the final verdict on intelligence of a student.” Manish said, adding that this was his first zero scored after more than a year while he had been on campus for his B.E. (Hons) degree.

Manish insists that such replies don’t necessarily hint at any intelligence failure
Manish insists that such replies don’t necessarily hint at any intelligence failure

“I don’t rule out that I won’t get another zero in a quiz, but that doesn’t mean that something is amiss. My intelligence is intact.” Manish reiterated as he showed his mark-sheet of Xth and XIIth board exams, where he had scored 99 and 98 respectively, to drive home his point.

He also claimed that by getting a zero, he has actually displayed his indomitable spirit and lively character to absorb the pain inflicted by wily instructors. “Such tricks by the instructors can’t dampen my true BITSian spirit.” Manish declared.

Manish vehemently rejected the charges of lack of vigilance and preparedness as the reasons behind him getting a stark zero; the only zero scored by anyone in the whole batch in that particular quiz.

“In fact, if you think about it, I’ve helped many of my batchmates feel better by scoring a zero. If the marks are converted into a relative grade point, many students, who otherwise might have got bad grades, would now end up with better ones.” Manish argued and insisted that terms such as ‘failure’ were misnomer in the present education system.

Manish has demanded that since such incidents (scoring a zero) succeeded in making other students feel better and get better grades, they should be termed as ‘differently successful’ rather than ‘failure’.