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CBSE Class 12

Sabika Syed, a Class 12 student of Summer Fields School in Delhi’s Kailash Colony sums it up neatly: “Someone once said, ‘Delays are just the beginning of grand adventures’. I am sure that person did not have to deal with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).”

CBSE, which has received much flack for delaying the Class 12 results, which are usually out by May 21 to 24, announced on Saturday that it will release the scores on Sunday. Since then, students and parents in Capital Delhi, have been experiencing a mixed bag of emotions - annoyance and relief.

Vibha Anand, parent of a student in GD Goenka Vasant Kunj doesn’t mince her words, terming the delay as “callous.” CBSE has “taken decisions (on moderation of marks) without consensus and has definitely managed to keep students on their toes,” she says.

Devender Verma, who has a son in Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, feels CBSE has not done the right thing. “I think it’s silly that CBSE should do such a thing – the decision of scrapping the moderation policy without any prior planning of intimation only to be eventually forced to take back the decision. All they (CBSE) did was worry the students more and delay their plans relating to admission in colleges etc.”

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Though one parent who did not wish to be named said parents and children were tense because of the delayed results, another one was quite happy about the continuation of the moderation policy “Earlier they were not giving standardised marks, but they are giving them now. Maharashtra and Bihar have special seats for people of their state. DU does not do that and it would have created problems for students from Delhi as our students’ results would not have been good (without moderation). So it’s good that the results were delayed (because of the moderation issue).”

Sabika Syed from Summer Fields School and Remya Nair of Holy Child Auxilium Schoo say they wake up each moring dreading the calls from distant relatives, “asking probing questions about our future plans. We actually face the horror of sitting before the CBSE website, holding our breaths, while murmuring prayers to every god, ever known, only to find out that the results have been delayed yet again.” Enduring this excruciating pain for the next 20 to 25 hours, when hopefully the results would be out, is not exactly what goes in our dictionary as an adventure,” they say.

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Syed and Nair, who are also HT’s Campus Journalists, spoke to a number of students and found some were actually enjoying the lull before the storm of the results while for others it was sheer agony.

Megha from Amity International, Noida, feels that the delay carries a large burden of worries, anxiety and stress. “It is a menace,” she says.

On the other hand, Mohika from Lotus Valley, Gurgaon, isn’t worried at all because “there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.”

Ashly Johnson from Holy Child Auxilium School, says the time students get before the results should be used to alleviate stress. “Those who feel they are living in a dungeon with their parents behaving like trolls, should get out of that mindset.”

Esha Mishra, also from Holy Child Auxilium School, has a grouse against CBSE, “We’ve all had that one friend who says he’s going to reach in five minutes and ends up reaching an hour later. CBSE happens to be that mundane friend who never changes”.

Parents are also reportedly acting “strange.” According to Syed and Vrinda Saxena (from Holy Child Auxilium School ) “parents who used to get paranoid every time we checked our phones are busy on theirs, first thing in the morning every day, to find out when the results will be out.” Every time Saxena sits in front of the laptop to check on the news of the results “ my mother is found sitting right beside me, chanting the ‘Gayatri Mantra’ without fail,” she says.

Surprisingly, in the midst of all this madness, some parents are quite “chilled out.”

“ My parents don’t care about the results - either they know I’m capable or they have no expectations. However, despite my parents’ cool response, my brother is eagerly waiting for my result. Siblings have the competitive spirit I believe,” says Madhav Sethi of Summer Fields School.

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

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