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Aug 02, 2017 at 10:19

National Crime Records Bureau shows us that ‘Failure in Examination’ was the 6th highest reason people committed suicide in 2014. Khushi Singh gives us her outlook in wake of the results being declared by most of the boards.

The morning of 21st May brought some unusual stiffness into the atmosphere. Millions of students sat in front of their computer screens, anxiously clicking Refresh on the CBSE website. Some, to add to that, had their families behind them, waiting to see what all those years of paying their child’s school fee had got them to. After those few minutes that seemed like hours for the students, their results for the CBSE Class 12 Board Examinations flashed on their screens. And now, there was no taking back, it was there forever- the much talked about and sought after ‘Boards Results’.

I’ve always found it rather funny how this 2-digit percentage of one set of examinations can form the basis of one’s future and be a suitable measure for one’s capabilities. Imagine being a child who aspires to get into a good college in India and gets an odd 75%. How does one get there? DU seems almost a distant dream. The cut offs are far from real.

Consider the pressures on a child, first of all, they stay up nights, sipping on hot coffee and solving physics problems or mugging up historical events; the vacations, movies and other social events they skip on, to study; the societal pressure when their friends score a higher percentage or those dreaded phone calls from relatives you never heard of before, inquiring about your results. And all of this because you performed poorly in one examination?

I can keep going on and on about how one’s scores should not predict one’s future but the truth remains the same, yes, it is an important examination and if the scores are important to you, they will matter. However,  do not let a single marksheet make you think less of yourself or define who you are. There are millions of people out there who probably didn’t cross the 90% mark but are doing well for themselves today. At the end of the day, it is about finding your strengths and harnessing them.  It always comes down to this one line my dad always says, ‘There is no substitute for hard work’. Just keep working hard and the results will follow. And here’s a message to parents, do not measure your child’s  success to that of ‘Sharmaji’s son’.

Khushi Singh