Students of Class 10 are getting promoted to Class 11 with out having to look for board examinations which had been cancelled as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Now, lots of them are unsure what stream ought to they select in Class 11 that may assist in shaping their career paths.
On April 14, the central government cancelled Class 10 board examinations, and postponed Class 12 examinations in view of worsening Covid-19 scenario in the nation.
Students confronted the same scenario in 2020 as effectively however again then they’d already spent nearly total tutorial yr in colleges interacting with their lecturers. Making a choice about stream in Class 11 was simpler a yr in the past. Since then, the scholars spent nearly the entire yr attending the college from dwelling. They missed the steering they might in any other case have obtained from their lecturers.
A LOST CHANCE TO PROVE
Some college students consider that the cancellation of board examinations not solely affected their career decisions however has additionally taken away the chance to rectify any errors.
“Due to the suspension, the score which I could have achieved is not possible now and therefore my percentile may or may not drop. I am not able to have a conducive environment for studying at home. It has been roughly one year and already many students across the country have dropped out of school,” Anisha, a scholar on the Banyan Tree School in Delhi, informed indiatoday.in.
Another scholar from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Divyansh Ishu, mentioned despite the fact that the choice to cancel exams retaining in view the security of the scholars was appropriate, their future had been compromised.
“It will be difficult to choose career options now. I was preparing hard for board exams, and I was expecting to score more marks than what I got in pre-boards. Assessment on internal marks might not allow me to choose the option which I am interested in. Therefore, the need to explore other options in the long term might affect my career,” he said.
FOR SOME, IT DOESN’T MATTER
However, there are some who are confident that the cancellation will not make a difference in their choice.
“Since, I always dreamt to be a doctor, I will do my best to achieve this, no matter what the situation is. I have fared well in my pre-boards and half-yearly exams, so the cancellation will not affect my options much,” said Priya Singh, a student from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.
Many state governments have either postponed or cancelled Class 10 board examinations in view of the pandemic. Those states which have cancelled Class 10 board examinations are promoting students to Class 11 on the basis of internal assessment.
Speaking to indiatoday.in, Krishnakali Mazumdar, a student from St John’s Diocesan Girl’s Higher Secondary School in West Bengal, said the uncertainty of the decision to hold board examinations or not has taken a toll on her mental health.
She said, “The West Bengal government has announced that exams will not be held as per the schedule, but they are yet to be cancelled or postponed. We have been preparing ourselves for this milestone of an examination for more than a year. It would have helped us in shaping our future, but the cancellation will always be a better option in this pandemic.
“The 10th board exams do not directly pose a threat to our careers, but they evaluate and lets us choose subjects as per as our calibre. I really hope that the authorities will take a decision justly keeping everything in mind.”
DILEMMA OF BEING A PARENT
Parents are also worried about the future of their wards with the cancellation of the Class 10 board examinations. Parents are, however, supportive of the government’s decision to cancel the board examinations for the safety of their wards. Their worry is that how the syllabus of Class 11 will be covered “in just six months”.
Bharat Bhardwaj, whose daughter research in the Ryan International School at Delhi’s Rohini, informed indiatoday.in, “Students usually take pre-boards casually and the same thing happened with my daughter. Now just like her, we as parents are worried and, in a dilemma, as to what stream she will get to choose. Her school had sent an option for commerce, but we asked for science stream.”
“Next yr, Class 12 will start and college students will begin dealing with strain for that in few months. How will they have the ability to cope up with a lot strain? The authorities ought to have taken a choice in February or March itself to keep away from delays,” he added.
Another parent Archana Pankaj said, “I am worried about my child’s future as he will be taking his first step in deciding where his career will take a turn. And, I think only right planning, guidance and self-analysis will help him get closer to his dream career.”
“The board exams shouldn’t have been cancelled because it had created a unfavourable influence on college students’ thoughts. Also, as a result of cancellation, college students are usually not capable of know their proper potential,” said Surya Prakash Singh, a parent.
MIXED REACTION FROM EDUCATORS
Some educators feel that cancellation of board examinations have left the students behind in the race to make the best career choice.
Speaking to indiatoday.in, Puja Khanna, who teaches at the St Froebel School in Delhi, said, “Board exams in Class 10 play a vital role in choosing the desired career option.”
“With the cancellation of board exams this year, the students got an opportunity to take help from other sources during online exams and the level of sincerity has declined. This has made the students casual, keeping them behind in the race to choose the right career option,” she said.
Khanna said the standard of competition in the universities would not change, and it would create a huge gap between the student’s ability and the desired career option.
However, some other educators welcomed the CBSE’s move saying health of students was much more important than anything else.
Sunita Gandhi, an educator running City Montessori School in Lucknow, said, “It is quite prevalent how students are suffering on a larger scale due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.”
“It has not been easier for school authorities to conduct examinations in a traditional setting either, given the horrors of the second wave. While we know their +2 years are dependent on this result, their health and discipline now were far more important than anything else.” she added.
BASELINE COULD BE SHIFTED
Gaurav Bhatara, a mentor with AB Education, mentioned the choice taken by the CBSE was a welcome step as the scholars had been coping with a whole lot of points from nervousness to worry of dropping a yr, which might have affected their efficiency in boards.
He mentioned, “For students homebound for over a year, the board results may not be a true representation of their abilities, thus causing their self-confidence to deplete. Also, additional exam pressure is unwarranted.”
“The topic decisions might be finished on the premise of yearly efficiency and psychometric analysis. Overseas universities might use Class 11 marks or the yr evaluation for college kids. It is an effective resolution by the CBSE to cancel the boards retaining the scholars’ security in thoughts.”