Hindustan Times (Lucknow)
‘Relief for now but future may be challenging…’
The cancellation of CBSE Class 12 examinations in view of the uncertain conditions due to Covid-19, has come as a major relief to a lot many students, who are now busy in future planning. Paridhi Vaish, a student of St Joseph’s Cathedral College, had been awaiting such a decision for a long time. “The decision has finally put an end to the prolonged session of Class 12. I feel relieved as now I can fully focus on my entrance examination for various courses,” she said. Humanities student of LMC Prabhav Tripathi said it would not have been rational to hold the examinations in the worst phase of the pandemic. “I’ll be able to focus better on the upcoming competitive examinations,” he said
For some students, the postponement anxiety is over now and they hope the road ahead will be a bit easy. “I was really stressed as we were caught between board exams and prep for entrance tests. Now, I can concentrate on CLAT prep,” said another student Shashank Shekhar. However, some others are apprehensive about what the future holds for them.
Izhan Ahmad of Diamond Public School said, “Students preparing for universities like DU are under tremendous pressure about what such institutions will draft for admissions ahead, as they solely admit students on board merit.” For Kirtika Damani, student of BRV, the future will be challenging, “Cancellation of board exams has set a challenge for getting admissions in universities so my plan is to concentrate on the professional course that I want to pursue. I also want to focus on my interpersonal skills which will help me in future,” seconds her was another student Komal Rani who thinks students have to be one step ahead of their predecessors to make a mark in the competitive world. Another student Kirti Yadav of Saraswati Vidya Mandir, said, “Now we expect quick results based on internal tests, practical, assignments and pre-board examination. Hopefully universities will revise their admission procedures as per the current scenario.” The decision got mixed reaction too, student Geetika Kapoor says, “I am neither very happy nor sad because we had prepared well. But then our health was the main concern so it’s okay. Government should suggest alternative for our further studies.”
“We can really work on our skills in different fields, be it interpersonal skills, learning some courses or polishing ourselves. It has also given us immense time to prepare for the competitive exams,” said DAV School, student Karnica Mundhra.