A high CGPA undoubtedly is the sign of a highly-developed potential to do as you’re told to, as that’s basically all you have to do in order to get good grades in most public school systems. However, it must not be taken as the only yard-stick to measure one’s cognitive abilities. It is thoroughly unfair on the part of the companies that proudly announce that they require ‘future leaders’; and end up getting a list of the academically top 10,who eye with envy the Class Representative (CR) slot as the ultimate leadership position. So much for fair assessment!

There are many highly intelligent people who earned low GPAs because they did things in their own way and their teachers refused to accept anything other than what their rubrics demanded. In a country where the education system and the evaluation criterion that it follows, varies in terms of policies of various institutions, percentages no longer remain an absolute touchstone. Some people may not have astoundingly high CGPAs, but do well in areas like analytical skills, leadership qualities, grasp on the international political affairs, volunteer work, reading beyond course books and a whole list of extra-curricular activities; Aren’t individuals more than just statistics and scores?

This is not to say that grades need not be given importance: in order to be technically sound and practically well-versed in your field GPAs and percentages are of utmost importance. However, GPAs and percentages are not the sole criterion to evaluate a person’s ability to perform. There are specialised tests, individual assessments and international benchmarks that are meant to gauge an individual’s performance as per particular requirements.

If you are applying for a research/development position, a high GPA is mandatory along with good problem-solving skills. As for companies that intend to hire leaders, they need a serious review of their hiring practices if they seriously know what they want.
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JALAL AWAN
Lahore

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This is in reference to the letter “Why are students GPA-conscious” (April 17).

The writer has correctly pointed out that companies give priority to higher grade GPAs. To this, I’d like to add is that in our society, parents are the first who put pressure on their children to get good grades and ignore their true potential. In fact, it is very common that parents force their children into a profession “that is in”.

I know some doctors who went to medical college after giving into their parents’ pressure. After completing MBBS, they realised they were not cut out to become doctors, so now are in the midst of completing their MBA.

On the contrary, I am one of the few fortunate ones who never got any pressure from parents to get higher grades or GPA, but got more emphasis on the importance of developing skills and learning to handle pressure.

Even though I was an average student who never got any good grades, thanks for my training, I had developed enough confidence in myself which led to opening a company at just age 22 which now employs 10+ professionals. We export software all around the globe. My hiring criteria is not based on GPA or degrees, but based on the actual skills and pressure handling quality of people.

Dawn Editorial : KAMRAN PARACHA