There is chaos everywhere.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cancelled the board exams of class 10 students and postponed class 12 exams for the 2021 session. The board and the government have taken this decision amid rising in coronavirus COVID-19 cases across the country.
This decision was made on April 14, 2021, in a meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and CBSE officials.
People thought that 2020 was a year of bombshells. Cut to 2021 where we are witnessing historical decisions like cancelling and postponing the central board exams.
Not only CBSE but ICSE and state board authorities are also in the favor of cancelling/ postponing the exams for the safety of students, the future of the country.
However, there are mixed reactions of students and parents to this decision. Social media is full of their responses.
Students’ Reaction on CBSE Board Exams 2021
Apart from this, students are worried about their results, future plans and the effect of exams cancellation and postponement on their career. They are clueless and seeking help from professionals.
First, let’s go through what students are feeling right now and what are their concerns.
This is the first and foremost thing that students are worried about, “Results”. They are watching the news, reading newspapers but are not clarified with the answers. They know that they will be evaluated on some objective criterion. However, they are not fully satisfied with it. They are worried about whether they will be given satisfactory results or not.
This the scenario of class 10 students.
However, after evaluating the situation, the authorities will comment on class 12 board exams on June 1, 2021, and details will be shared subsequently. Students will get a 15 days notice before the start of the examinations.
Considering the current situation, class 12 students are clueless about the exams and results either. They don’t know whether they will be appearing for the exams or not. And if there will be no exams, how will their results be evaluated?
Change in Future Plans
Every student whether in class 10 or class 12 had some plan in their minds. But after the decision of the board and the government, they are totally confused. They don’t know what should be their next move.
We have categorized the concerns of class 10 and 12 students here.
- Subject Selection: This is the main stress that class 10 students are feeling. With the announcement that all students will be given a general promotion, they are worried about the basis of subject selection for class 11. They think that they wouldn’t be able to get a real assessment of the subjects and their capabilities. There is no clarity whether they will get the subject of choice or not.
- College Admissions: Generally, students think of college admissions in class 11 or 12 itself. They start preparing accordingly. However, in this present situation, they are clueless about college admission. What would be the process? if they want to study abroad, they will be able to go or not? and more. Therefore, they don’t know whether they should follow the same plan they had in their minds or change it?
CBSE Board Exams 2021: Parents’ Reaction
In this scenario, parents are also on the brink of a meltdown. They are doing everything for boosting the morale of their children and being their strength. However, deep down, they are also stressed.
Though they know there will be some way of battling with the situation but they are still struggling for the solution.
How Career Counsellors can Help Students?
The students and parents are too confused and concerned about the career. As a career counsellor, it’s your turn to make them feel calm and relaxed. You can talk to them, ask for their queries and come up with solutions.
Let’s explore how you can help them with CBSE board exams 2021.
Ask them to be Relaxed: When you are talking to any parent or student, listen to them. Let them express what they feel. Talking and sharing are kinds of therapies that help to be calm. Tell them to be positive, you are there for them and you will help them in every situation.
Make them aware of the Consequences: When you are done with the listening part, you can make them aware of the solutions. Tell them that the board will prepare class 10 results on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any student who is not satisfied with the marks can sit in the exams as and when the conditions are conducive to conduct the exams. So, there is no point in being worried.
For class 12 students, ask them to wait for the board’s orders. Till then, they can utilize their time and be productive in this duration. They can start preparing for any competitive exams (as they are also postponed) or they can go for any virtual internship too.
Help them in Making Future Plans: Here, ask them to work on their future plans. Guide them to make use of the Summers. Make sure that their summers are not wasted.
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To help and motivate students & parents, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently conducted the fourth edition of “Pariksha Pe Charcha”.
He said, “It is not necessary that children follow the same value as their parents and that’s why parents must not impose their thoughts on children”.
We asked the opinions of various reputed career counsellors in this context. Look what they want to say about it.
These are some opinions of career counsellors on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech about parents and children.
“Absolutely agree with the thought that parents should not impose their aspirations on their child. In fact, they should support their decisions and wholeheartedly accept the change.
“Taught V/s Thought
“As a counsellor, we talk to parents and students each day. We understand the anxiety of parents and their inclination towards conventional, assumingly safe and job centric careers for their kids and we also see the kids with thoughts and interests of their own, longing for their opinions to be heard and career dreams to be fulfilled. Sometimes, the two viewpoints are very diverse. The need is to help kids identify their true interests and recognise their multiple aptitudes. That’s where we come into the picture. Our role is of a coach who draws a balance and presents career options that harmonize the four important pillars of a happy and sustainable career for the child. These pillars are interest, demand, aptitude & skills and earning potential. The parents today are more evolved and are aware of new careers and new paths and liberal methodology. They may have loads of doubts and concerns but they are cognizant of the fact that the education system needs a facelift, major overhaul to address the futuristic industry demands. Therefore, they are willing to listen to us and understand the new age dynamic educational environment.”
“We must understand that no parent would like their child to be unhappy in life. They want their child to have the best career and respect in life. They advise their child to take up the career with their knowledge and experience thinking best for him. They may be right or wrong but we must respect their reasons. It is a very thin line between “ accepting that the child is telling with understanding and maturity, interest in the specific field” or “is influenced or have perception or apprehension and maybe fear of accepting specific career without having the facts and exposure ”. Adolescence is the age when every child thinks he can conquer the world.”
“Though our direct clients are students, the key stakeholders and decision-makers are parents.
“Yes, most of the time I come across students who are been imposed aspirations of their parents and they feel it’s their obligation to fulfil their parents’ dreams.
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