Rajasthan Education Minister Govindsinh Dotasara announced the cancellation of the RBSE board exams to keep students safe in the wake of the Kovid epidemic.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also announced mass promotions for classes 1 to 6 without examinations, as well as for classes 8, 9 and 11.
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Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand are among the other states that have announced cancellation of the respective board exams.
These decisions have attracted a mixed response from people from all walks of life.
While many educators and students have expressed relief that their concerns about health and safety have been addressed, others fear whether the move could fix the uncertainties in the education system since the onset of the epidemic.
There are also concerns about how students ’academic performance will be evaluated. What about those who worked hard to improve their previous scores? Will the discrepancy in percentages affect the future prospects of millions of students?
Mental health expert Akhilesh Jain (HOD Psychiatry, ESI Model Hospital, Jaipur) said, “Schools have been closed since March 24, 2020 and classes have changed the study of classrooms in the country. This is unprecedented and has an impact on children and adolescents. Yet fully realized.
Dependence on technology for learning and recreation is almost complete and social interactions, outdoor activities have been sharply reduced.
The daily routine has been disrupted and being kept under house arrest is likely to have an impact on mental health. According to the WHO, 50 percent of all mental health conditions can surface as early as the age of 14. These are often untreated and undetectable. ”
“When you consider that the figure is even more troubling, India has the largest adolescent population in the world,” he said. In rural India, these issues can be more serious, as children do not have access to technology and in many cases, even proper nutrition at home. They may suffer from learning and developmental gaps.
The decision to cancel the Class 12 exams, while logical, is a short-term fix. It is still unclear how we will help the student population in rural and urban areas to continue learning without hindrance? How will our education system adapt to the epidemic? Are we equipped to address our students’ mental health issues and address their concerns? We need to have a reliable method that can assess the student properly.
Divya Santhanam, senior state program manager at Pop Population Foundation India f India, said, “When we talk about the impact on students by canceling exams, we only think about urban students. We forget that millions of rural students are already affected Nationwide epidemic.
Many have dropped out due to digital disability and many have even been unable to study up to Class 12. ”
It highlights the need for young people to listen to their concerns and address them accordingly.
“We need to gather feedback from students about their current situation and questions about the future. In this way, we can meet the urgent need to implement transparency policies and open communication with students.
Experts need to formulate a strategy and prepare a map so that students know that their academic future is secure. We will no longer need the pen and paper mode of the exam, but we still need a plan on how to move the epidemic to the students.
Young people are the leaders of tomorrow who will shape the narrative of society, and therefore, they must be given the tools to address their concerns. To address this challenge effectively, however, we must first understand and accept it, ”he added.