Delay in CBSE Class 12 results adds to anxiety, stress of students across India
The Union human resource development ministry decided on Wednesday to seek legal opinion on the Delhi high court order asking the board to continue with a marking policy that it recently decided to nix.Board exams 2017 Updated: Jul 11, 2017 17:28 IST
Aakriti Mangar has checked the website of the Central Board of Secondary Education more than 10 times since Tuesday night.
“The board is unnecessarily delaying the result. This is creating anxiety,” Mangar, a student of Ludhiana’s BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, said.
Mangar is among the lakhs of students who took the Class 12 board examination conducted by CBSE between March 9 and April 29 and are tensed and anxious as they are waiting for their results.
The Union human resource development ministry decided on Wednesday to seek legal opinion on the Delhi high court order asking the board to continue with a marking policy that it recently decided to nix.
Moderation refers to manipulation of marks from the total score of students based factors such as difficulty levels in different sets of question papers.
Sources said CBSE will announce its future course of action and the decision over results on Wednesday.
Last year, the results of Class 12 were declared on May 21 and Class 10 on May 28.
Though the Delhi high court’s direction has come as a relief to many students, parents agreed grace marks should be given but added that if the policy is to be changed, it should be done before the exams are held.
Like Mangar, Aagman Singh of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jalandhar said he and his friends have visited a cyber café to check the results daily since Monday. “The board should at least specify the date on which the result will be declared. News updates end up stressing us out even more,” he said.
Divya Aggarwal of Shiv Jyoti Public School, Jalandhar, said she has been receiving calls from her friends since Wednesday morning. “I’m continuously on the phone and checking out messaging apps. There’s so much confusion on the date and time of the result which is freaking me out,” she says.
Jatin Aggarwal, an aspiring medical student, is sure of performing well but he hasn’t been sleeping well of late. “The CBSE should declare the result or give sleeping pills to candidates who have lost their sleep. Though I’m sure I’ll score well, I can’t get over the uneasiness,” he says.
Chahat Pooni, a student at Gem Public School, Mohali, she is nervous but is trying to beat the blues by hanging out with friends and catching up with relatives.
Parents are equally nervous about how their children will perform in the exam. “I have been checking the CBSE website every now and then. The stress is mounting by the day. I’m keen to check the performance of my son,” Nishi Jain, the mother of a Class 12 student in Chandigarh, said.
But not everyone is as jittery.
Bhavsirjan Kaur, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School of Chandigarh’s Sector 26, said marks don’t matter much.
“My parents have never put that pressure on me. Grace marks should be granted as it will help us in admissions. The cut-offs go high in the colleges so we need the moderation policy that can help us compete better.”
Students of some of the leading schools in Lucknow are a confident lot ahead of the Class 12 results.
“I believe destiny is in our hands and so is our board result. The time has come for the hard work to show,” Katyayani Raghuvanshi of Study Hall School said.
Akanksha Singh and Utkrishti Katheriya of The Millennium School are confident they will cross the 90% mark. Two others - Rushil Agarwal and Geetika - are also not tensed about the results. Geetika said she has put in her 100% and there is no reason for her to worry.
But some are nervous.
At St Anjani’s Public School, best friends Ujjawal Baudh and Indra Bhaskar of Class 12 science stream have joined yoga classes together to maintain their peace of mind.
Eva Sharma, who studied science with biology, is worried about NEET as well as the CBSE results. She has joined music classes in the evening as she finds sitting at home “extremely unnerving.”
Shagun Dixit and Ronak Prajapati are battling anxiety as both want to get into good colleges outside UP. Everything depends on their scores.
In Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur some were confident of doing well in the exam, some sounded apprehensive and some have already started studying and appearing for competitive exams.
Students of Delhi Public School (DPS) Mansi Bhattad and Aditi Saxena said that the Class 12 results will matter all their life and this makes them even more nervous.
“As CBSE has scraped off the moderation policy from this year, we are very worried. Getting admission in good colleges seems to be getting tougher day by day. But whatever the result may be, I am still going to go for a family trip to destress myself,” Bhattad said.
According to Sonal Rajoria, a student of Delhi Public School (DPS), there is scepticism despite working very hard. “Since the exams lasted for more than a month this year, I was very stressed and hoped for them to end soon. And now that they have ended, all I can hope for is a good result,” she said.
Poorvika Bomb of Maharani Gayatri Devi (MGD) Girls School is also experiencing bouts of anxiousness and excitement.
“The CBSE should have decided either before hand or next year onwards to remove the moderation policy and not right now. I am keeping my fingers crossed. It’s not just about clearing the exam for me but also about how well I stand up to my parents’ expectations,” Bomb said.
Pulkit Srivastava of Sawai Man Singh School said he is apprehensive about his results but is also confident of getting at least 85%. “I am tensed but there is no point fretting now. I hope to get good marks,” he said adding that he wants to do BBA in graduation.
Megha in Thiruvananthapuram has made it a habit to visit her favourite deity every day since the results are round the corner. She is sure she will get a good grade in Class 12 but tension and curiosity make her more nervous these days.
Pursuing her engineering dream she has been religiously attending her coaching classes for the last 3 years.
“I hope I did pretty well in the examination. I am least bothered about scrapping the moderation policy also. But when the D-day nears it makes you a bit nervous,” Megha, a student of a leading private school being managed by the Catholic Church in the capital city of Kerala, said.
The Delhi high court’s verdict has given a breather to CBSE students in Gujarat and some of them were celebrating even though the results have not been declared yet.
“I and many of my friends were so nervous but the court order has come as a big relief for us. We had read reports that if the grace marks system was scrapped then there could be a difference of up to 15% in the result,” Ravika Chakhaiyar, a student of Prakash Higher Secondary School, said.
“Today I went out with friends as we all were feeling relieved,” Chakhaiyar, who has appeared for JEE (Advance), added.
In Gujarat, over 13,500 students appeared in the Class 12 exams.
(With inputs from Monica Sharma in Chandigarh, Deepa Sharma in Ludhiana and Aakanksha Bhardwaj in Jalandhar, Rajeev Mullick in Lucknow, K Sandeep Kumar in Allahabad, Anoushka Manidhar from Jaipur, Ramesh Babu in Thiruvananthapuram and Hiral Dave in Gujarat)
First Published: May 24, 2017 16:52 IST