May tense time for all stu­dents

So­cial pres­sure over exam re­sults high

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

The CBSE and ICSE helplines keep ring­ing once the board exam re­sults are an­nounced. These helplines have been set up for stu­dents and par­ents who are dis­ap­pointed by the re­sults.

With top­pers scor­ing ag­gre­gate marks rang­ing be­tween 95 and 100 per cent, so­ci­ety puts un­rea­son­able stan­dards in re­la­tion to achieve­ments. “Af­ter the re­sults, no stu­dent is asked how they feel. The first ques­tion is how they have scored. With im­mense pres­sure to meet so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions, par­ents are of­ten torn be­tween sad­ness and love when they re­proach their chil­dren, not know­ing how it im­pacts the young minds,” said Dr Pragya Reshmi, a psy­chol­o­gist.

It’s true that May is the most cruel month. This is the month when the board exam re­sults are de­clared. Most en­trance tests are also held in May and re­sults de­clared. Stu­dents go through a lot of stress.

“The level of anx­i­ety, along with hor­monal is­sues that a teenager faces when the re­sults are de­layed, is im­mense. Par­ents should be pre­pared by the CBSE and school authorities and any warn­ing signs of de­pres­sion in chil­dren should be im­me­di­ately acted upon,” she said.

Dr Namita Singh, a psy­chol­o­gist, said, “Why do we cre­ate so much pres­sure around the re­sults? If par­ents pres­surise a child, they are liv­ing some­body else's life. You can­not ex­pect a fish to fly.”

Celebri­ties like Dhirub­hai Am­bani and Sachin Ten­dulkar never com­pleted their school­ing. Film stars like Deepika Padukone, Karisma Kapoor only had their ba­sic school­ing. It’s high time the so­ci­ety sheds its no­tion of grades as success.

St Mary’s, Hy­der­abad, the alma mater for sportsper­sons like V.V.S Lax­man and Saina Ne­hwal, pro­motes ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. “When stu­dents who are in­ter­ested in sports come to our col­lege, it’s un­der­stand­able aca­demics won’t be their first pri­or­ity. We try to strike a balance. One can­not force a child to study and not play or do what he/she doesn’t like,” says Mathew Ge­orge, the prin­ci­pal.

A re­cent case of sui­cide at Painter’s colony, Machilpat­tanam, of Jogi Sri­vani, a 13-yearold girl who was rep­ri­manded by her mother for her poor per­for­mance in ex­ams, shows us ugly side of parental pres­sure.

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