JM Upadhyaya, Principal at the High School in Rajkot where the Mahatma had spent seven years, wrote a book ‘Mahatma Gandhi as a Student’ that got published in 1965. It has a collection of memories of Gandhi’s performance in school. Before reaching the age of 10, Gandhi changed several schools. The records in the books also tell about the father of our nation being mediocre in his school curriculum.
The book talks about his short attendance and average marks. There are instances mentioned in the book that show his attendance was noticeably lax: a mere 110 days out of 238 in Standard III and his marks at the annual examinations normally averaged between 45 per cent and 55 per cent.
“He could no longer be described as a mediocre student,” wrote Upadhyaya in his book.
With this Mohandas K. Gandhi was again described as a mediocre student with a total of 247.5 marks out of 625 that comes to an average of about 40 per cent.
My motive behind making you read Mahatma Gandhi’s academic record is just to make you aware of how passing with brilliant marks is not really important. It’s all about working hard and following your dreams. There is an instance telling of Gandhi being beaten up by the topper of the time, Tribhuvan Bhatt. Even after getting good marks, he ended up as a babu (government officer).