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There?s always a second chance

Counsellors have been summoned to deal with emergency ahead of CBSE results, writes Anuradha Mukherjee.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 08:57 IST

So, D-Day is here. The CBSE will announce the results for its Class 12th Boards on Tuesday. Schools and NGOs have geared up to help students cope with their results. Their advice: if you shine, well and good. If you don’t, there’s no reason to panic, considering the opportunities available.

Figure out which option suits you best. So what if your parents seem to have completely lost their cool?

Many, in fact, are not really worried. “I am not really bothered. I am waiting for my engineering entrance tests results. I expect to get over 85 per cent. Actually, only those who are planning to join a DU college are worried,” said Anand Mohan of Sanskriti School.

Mohan, however, says none of his friends is panicky. “I got a couple of calls, but it’s the normal jitters you get before results,” he added.

School principals, however, are not taking any chances. Counsellors have been summoned to deal with any emergency.

“As a special contingency measure, we will go through the results and call students who don’t do too well. Actually, the toppers always land here to share their success, but the poor scorers usually don’t communicate. We are calling them up to not just share their feelings, but also give them information on alternative courses,” said Modern School (Barakhamba Road) principal Lata Vaidyanathan.

Members of the school’s Interact Club have also been asked to be present. “After all, they know more about the behaviour of their friends than us,” Vaidyanathan said. She, however, said the school did not expect anything untoward.

Many students have confirmed offers from universities abroad. “Increasingly, a number of students choose to go to private universities instead of going through the rat race at DU,” she said.

DPS (RK Puram) has also activated its 24-hour internal helpline for students. “Even a good student who has scored 90 per cent instead of the expected marks can be frustrated. We have made it very clear that we are all there for them to speak to,” said DPS principal Shayama Chona.

In fact, talking and sharing your fears and feelings is something that even those working in the field of adolescent mental health recommend.

“Results are not the end of life. When you talk to people, you see alternative courses of progress. Parents should be careful that they don’t berate a child who has done badly and is already morose. Try and draw him out and make it very clear to him that there’s always a second chance,” said Abdul Mabood of NGO Snehi that runs helplines to quell exam blues.

First Published: May 23, 2006 00:54 IST