In South Africa, Bapuji established the Phoenix ashram and there he also ran a school for the children. His effort and purpose behind this was to provide true education and not the false one, to the children.
His method of giving marks in examinations was always unique. Even though they
were all students of the same class and the questions asked to them were also
similar, the children who wrote the better answer would get less mark, and
others who wrote not so good ones would get more marks.
Due to this method of Bapuji, children would get quite confused. Bapuji would
explain to them his method and logic in detail and would also provide the proper
understanding: “I do not want to measure that some students are cleverer than
the others. But, what I really want to know is, how far each student has
improved from where he was standing before. If a clever student keeps comparing
himself with a stupid student and shows off his arrogance, then his intelligence
will be blunted. He will then put in less effort in his study; and he, who does
not progress in study, will ultimately deteriorate for sure. So, I will give
more marks to only those who are meticulous and work really hard and who improve
Bapuji always kept a watchful eye on a student securing more marks to see
whether he is continuously progressing or not. If he keeps boasting about
securing more marks than the other less bright students, then what good it will
make of him? All these ideas, he constantly tried to impress upon them. And the
loving Bapu was always ready to pat the back of a student who obtained better
marks next time than before and made a progress.
What Bapu really wanted to explain was this. We are not in a competition with
others to show ourselves higher or lower than others. The main thing is to
observe how much progress has been made from where we were before. That is true
education. Bapu explained this idea to all by making a small, but very important
change in the education system.