A couple of days prior to the SSC exams, Karthik Shetty spent the entire day in school. He is part of the intensive coaching sessions at the Holy Family High School in Andheri (E).
Just before the class 10 exams, students and parents were busy preparing.
This will be the second year of the new syllabus, which includes a 20-mark internal assessment component.
The exams will begin on March 5 and continue till March 23.
At Holy Family School, several class 10 students have been gathering everyday for intensive coaching sessions every morning and evening.
“I have taken up coaching for all subjects and it is very helpful because I have a great rapport with the teachers,” said Shetty. “Maths and science are my bugbears and this coaching helps because once I go home, my portion for the day is done and I’m free.”
The session starts at 8 am till 2 pm and then again from 5.30 pm to 8:30 pm. The sessions will continue during the exam days too.
“It is open to all students but is specially meant for students who have difficulties in certain subjects. We also inform parents and try and complete the entire portion in these classes so that students do not need to study at home,” said Principal Father Francis Swamy.
Some students like Sheetal Kumar are actually taking the last few days off.
“Anyway the rest of the month is going to be tough and filled with books, so I’ve decided to catch a couple of movies. My revision is done and I have studied all year; so it is a well deserved break,” she said.
Principals are advising both students and parents not to panic before the exams. “I have told my students and their parents not to discuss the paper after it is done. Post mortems are the most useless thing and only make the student more nervous for the following exam,” said Yasmin Chagla, principal of Cumbulla Hill High School.