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Coimbatore

Higher education admission stress mounting on students, parents

Senthilkumar.K

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Coimbatore: The Grade XII results out pressure continues on parents and students in identifying the right courses for higher studies. It is the performance in Grade XII that determines the choice of college or university for admission. Students from science stream will have to face further stress by appearing for entrance exams for different universities and colleges where the competition is fierce.

A common cause of concern is the pressure from parents on their wards to do well in the Class XII board exams. There have been many incidents in the past where students have committed suicide during exams or on the result day.

Time and time again complaints have been made against the education system which is more inclined towards memorisation and long systematic study hours. This leaves students with little time for recreational activities, and socialisation, essential for their development.

Manoj Manayathodi, chairman of Future Care Educational Solutions Coimbatore, told The Covai Post that parents try to get rid of cable connection, internet and computer so that their children concentrate on studies and get better grades. “Fear of failure to do well in studies is causing anxiety among students which has substantial negative effects on their academic and social success. The self-worth of a student is determined by the academic success and grades and not on the basis of individual qualities they already do possess,” he said. The education system helps students to serve, but not to produce. That explains why more get into the service sector rather than the manufacturing one, he adds.

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According to Smitha Dev, mother of a student in a city school, instead of the marks system, a knowledge-based one should be introduced in all boards. ”Thousands of parents feel frustrated. Many do not want to complain directly to the school or local authority because they are afraid that it will backfire on the child. The Government should make strong rules on both public and private schools to make awareness about the course knowledge before entering the college. Parents should be aware that mark-based teaching is one of the biggest disadvantages. Owing to this, students can only reproduce the textbook in the examination and not the real acquired knowledge from learning,” she says.

Parents fall to advertising as institutes claim state ranks every year and 100 per cent pass. This makes parents believe that the institution gives excellent education. This could be misleading as the pressure is much on students and teachers with the latter making students mug up to get marks rather than being taught effectively.

“With the starting of boards examination, what every parent should know is, it’s just exams, not the end of the world. The success of someone lies in what they choose to do with their resources, the actions they take, and not on grades. One of the most important things in college is networking with people who share similar interests, because it gives them the chance to explore possible career opportunities and learn what it takes to reach their goals,” said S.Sakthivel, Assistant Professor in an autonomous college in Coimbatore.

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