Students dread but only one set of examinations ie Class 12 boards that set a standard of their academic acumen. Though the minister of Human Resource Development has made Class 10 board exams optional, the pressure still persists on students. They are bogged down by numerous assignments and projects of various subjects. It is considered that passing Class 10th board exams is a milestone, and Class 12th board exams the destination.
In most of the cases students are told that grades in Class 12 are the gateway to any prestigious college in the University of Delhi.
I think parents play a major role in guiding and providing moral support to children. My parents gave the reigns of studies in my hands and asked me to manage my studies on my own. Though they used to keep a tab on my daily activities, they never stopped me from going out or reading novels. They made me understand that balancing academics with other activities in life is also important. Their very trust was the sole reason that kept me going.
When I was preparing for Class 12 board exams newspapers were overflowed with stress management techniques and helpline numbers and opinions from education counselors. It was scary, so I simply stopped paying attention to them. My focus was my health, my hobbies and my studies.
Nonetheless, I would not deny that the board exams made me a nervous wreck. I agree it is a crucial time in one's life, but not crucial enough to be life threatening, so after every exam I used to hide the question paper somewhere in my bag and headed home without caring for results. It used to help me preparing for the next exam. My parents never pushed me with inquiries and questions which was one of the major reasons I cracked the boards with a 76% and now I am successfully on my way to graduating in 2012.
Kavisha Arora, a student of Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication, Amity University