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Post result stress management for parents

Stress management tips for parents

Parenting can be very stressful and the stress management can become elusively horrendous for many. I do not say this from a personal experience, rather by observing. It is said that the months of March and May are stressful for children. However, the stress level amongst parents during this period cannot be fathomed. It doesn’t matter if you are a single parent or whether you have one child or many; also the stress levels aren’t directly proportional to your child’s ability. In a world with ever changing performance parameters and increasing competition, children face an uphill task of outscoring their peers.

The annual CBSE class 12 exam, this year, witnessed a surge in the number of registrations with almost 11 lakh students appearing for the exam. Now compare it to the mediocre state of many of our higher education institutes and you could easily understand the emotions through which many parents go through. That said, what many parents forget is the fact that children should not be bound by their urgency to see their child become engineers or doctors. There are many different fields available for them to forge their careers in. If parents cannot effectively deal with their personal stress levels, it will be doubly more difficult for their children to look for positivity.

Stress management tips for Parents:

Find the right information

The first piece of advice for parents is not to panic – there are ample resources available to consult. For instance, our own portal – Global Educates – offers a plethora of information, like the courses offered to students, faculties, institutes, and much more. Also, parents can consult specialized CBSE helplines. Often, parents neglect the importance of consulting a career counsellor to discuss their child’s shortcomings and seek advice on future course of action. Parents can do a great deal when it comes to encouragement and sustenance. Always remember, stress management is the primary way of dealing with the various challenges posed by your child’s poor display at the annual class 12 results.

Think through your decisions

The other common mistake which parents make while dealing with their child’s poor results is rushing into making decisions. It is obvious for a parent to get annoyed at an apparent lack of effort or preparation. That said, don’t undermine the hard work put in by your child; appreciate it and encourage them to achieve more. No child studies to score low marks, however, certain situations make it horribly difficult for children to overcome. Instead, focus on encouraging your child to look at the positives and work to better their weaknesses. It is one of the most important components of stress management for parents.

A gap year

A gap year spent travelling or pursuing a field of interest can add a great deal to your child’s CV. Sometimes your child’s inability to seek admission after class 12 is more about the competition than their ability. Work experience, especially if it shows that your child can work in a team, is always appreciated and will tackle anything. Click here to read about how a gap year might be the ‘next’ stress management tool for you.

The key to stress management is to build a never say die attitude in your child. Don’t robotically assume that college is your child’s first choice, and remember if they are unsuccessful in getting admission this time, they might find that a year at college has been more beneficial, especially since that can offer more hand-holding than university, which is what some students need. Remember, rather than negativity and constant bickering, what your child needs the most is support during such testing times.

Stress management isn’t difficult, especially dealing with stress of your child’s poor score in class 12 results, however, inactions of parents and their reluctance to deal with the stress is worrisome.

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Poor Class 12 Results, What Next?

Dont get depressed by class 12 results

In an exam that witnessed crowds of over 10 Lakh, there are bound to be students scoring marks on the lower end of the table in their class 12 results. The official figures released – after the announcement of class 12 results – by the CBSE point that almost 85% students managed to pass the annual exam. Out of that, only 10% managed to score 90% or above in the class 12 results. And if you belong to the category of the underachieving students, then this article is tailor made for you. The first thing that flashes across my mind after reading the detailed analysis of the exam is how negative students get after facing a bout of poor scores. That said, getting good marks is a great thing, yet, it is certainly not the only thing in a learner’s life. It is worthy if you get great marks, but what if you don’t? What should you do? What options are you left with? This blog provides comprehensions into the career options available for those students who did not score well in the class 12 results.

William Faulkner, once famously said, “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” Yes, I know it is quite easy to quote famous personalities, however, it is literally impossible for a student, who is stuffed with a baggage of negativity and peer pressure.

Don’t let your chips down, even if you have scored less in the class 12 results, there are plenty of career options available, however, all you need is a positive attitude and a zeal to succeed. To further assist you in finding the perfect college, I have listed a few options that you can follow.

Careers after class 12 results

  • Fashion Designing: For those of you, who are always on the lookout for the most colourful of dresses and attired in a most modern piece of clothing, fashion industry is a stream which you may prosper. The ever evolving field of fashion industry has brought about a lot of challenges and opportunities in equal measure. Also, the nominal tuition fee is another attraction towards the course.
  • Photography: Your knack of picking out the beauty of the most serene surroundings, inclination towards technology, and a fine sense of ‘colours’, point towards a career in photography. Institutes like the FTII, Pune, offer you the perfect opportunity to pursue a career in photography. Don’t let your poor class 12 results hinder your growth and curtail your future avenues. If you think you have it in you, don’t look back and start pursuing your dreams.
  • Aviation & Hospitality Management: To join a flight crew course, all you need is a pleasing personality, good communication skills, and a positive attitude. Yes, it is that simple! Furthermore, the career offers you an option of pursuing your graduation through correspondence, to enhance your qualification. The average fee for a one-year diploma programme in Aviation & Hospitality Management is around ₨ 80,000.
  • Writing: Passionate about penning your thoughts down or love crunching words and phrases? The career in Mass Communication and Journalism awaits you! Don’t get too bogged down by your poor class 12 results. The course will offer you a great opportunity of getting into a reputed media house as a journalist or into the advertising industry.
  • Sports: Join a professional academy, if you like a certain sport and pursue your graduation side-by-side through correspondence. Also, you can apply in various universities under the sports quota. It is a well-known fact – your mind is as healthy as your body, and a strong foundation is paramount to achieving a perfect career.
  • Animation: Slowly, the world is getting apprehended by the world of animation and artificial intelligence, and future prospect for an animation student are both bright as well as promising, therefore a career in this field is advisable. Also, the latitude of animation industry is enormous. If the tuition fee is not a concern for you, then it is advisable to seek a career in animation and cinematography. Click here to check out the top three animation colleges in India
  • Sales and marketing: So, you think you can sell eggs to a hen? A diploma course in sales and marketing may be your cup of tea and the perfect recipe of success after facing the dejections of your class 12 results. Moreover, if you can take the trouble of learning a foreign language, your chances of getting recruited by a multinational corporation increase significantly. Join a similar course at graduation to up your skills.

The world can accommodate only so many engineers and medical practitioners, therefore the time is ripe that you look beyond these fields and look towards the path less travelled.

What is International Baccalaureate

Founded in 1968 by the International Baccalaureate Organization – a not for profit organization based out of Geneva, Switzerland. Although, the organization is based in Switzerland, however, it is an international governing body and isn’t associated to any particular country. IB is the short form for International Baccalaureate – an internationally recognized school system which is home to three educational programmes:

  • Primary Years Programme (KG to Class 5)
  • Middle Years Programme (Class 6 to Class 10)
  • Diploma Programme (Class 11 and Class 12).

Difference between International Baccalaureate and CBSE

When compared to the CBSE’s curriculum, the one adopted by the International Baccalaureate is more application oriented and practical. Also, the programme includes a wider continuum of subjects to warrant the holistic development of a child. The main aim of an International Baccalaureate examination system is to test a student’s knowledge and not their speed or mugging potential. The primary focus of the International Baccalaureate pedagogy is not on ‘what to learn’, rather on ‘how to learn’, therefore, till the time a student reaches Class X, they don’t have to appear in any examinations. Also, students are free to choose their own textbooks to study, a stark contrast from the policy adopted by the CBSE, where schools have monetized this practise. It is fair to conclude that the purpose of the International Baccalaureate is to produce global citizens. However, the biggest disadvantage attributed to an International Baccalaureate system is that the programme doesn’t use the local curriculum as a base. For instance, Hindi can only be offered as a second language in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme; which makes the curriculum more perplex than educational boards like CBSE and ICSE.

Why International Baccalaureate?

Over the years, the International Baccalaureate programme has earned universal status for severe valuation, which ultimately leads to students getting access to the top colleges and universities not only in India but around the world. In a very short span of time, International Baccalaureate has become the programme of choice for students in India who wish to continue their higher studies abroad. The curriculum trains students with tools like organisational skills, preparedness, self-confidence, research skills, and self-discipline. These skills help students build a strong character, which ultimately leads to success in higher education. Certain universities have even started specific scholarships for International Baccalaureate diploma holders. The ever increasing cut throat competition has made the university admissions around the world fiercely competitive by the day. Universities are progressively looking for other substantiation that a prospective student will succeed their university. Qualities like international outlook, quality curriculum, research abilities, and social service have become prerequisite and International Baccalaureate has played a substantial role in improving the student outlook.

The Programmes
1.      Primary Years Programme

Subjects taught in the PYP are:

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts
  • Personal, Social and Physical education
2.      Middle Years Programme

Subjects taught in MYP are:

  • 1st Language
  • 2nd Language
  • History and Geography
  • Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Computers

International Baccalaureate World Schools in India

The International Baccalaureate World Schools are the schools which are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization and follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum. In India, there are 18 International Baccalaureate World Schools in India located in over 11 cities.

Although the programmes offered at the International Baccalaureate Schools form an incessant sequence, however, each can be offered individually too. A student studying in a CBSE affiliated school can join the International Baccalaureate Programme for 10+2 level qualifications instead of the Class 12 CBSE, ICSE, or State Board exams. The meticulousness and exemplary standards of International Baccalaureate safeguard the fact that International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized in colleges and universities around the world. Moreover, it is considered a strong university entry credential. The fact that over 70,000 students appeared for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in May 2015, is testimony to International Baccalaureate’s mounting popularity in India.

International Baccalaureate is rated at par with Class 12 CBSE, ICSE, NIOS, or State Boards by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

There is a pre-conceived connotation that the International Baccalaureate is only for the elite. The high programme fee of around ₨ 250,000 doesn’t do any good to the programme’s fate. The International Baccalaureate Organization, however, robustly maintains that the International Baccalaureate programme is not only for the elite. Mahatma Gandhi International School, an International Baccalaureate World School based in Ahmedabad, is a 200-student municipal school where slum children study together with expatriate children.

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Exam stress – A growing Concern

There has been a significant increase in the number of young people seeking counselling over exam stress, and as per some of the recent studies conducted on the same, the increase could be as high as 200%. For child rights protection campaigners and parents it could be more worrisome than their child’s overall education status.

As I am no expert in this, so allow me the liberty of quoting a CBSE helpline figure, where the national board announced that its exam helpline service received record number of approaches from students and their parents, who are apprehensive about exams. Also, the queries about counselling over exam stress have tripled in last two years. In 2014-15 alone, the board received more than 34,000 approaches from students over school concerns such as problems with teachers, revision, workloads, and other issues, placing education in the top 10 of most recurrent trepidations among users for the first time. More than half of subsequent counselling sessions organized by the board dealt with young person’s main concern related to school and exams; a 200% increase compared with 2013-14. And the number of hits on the online website and through social media channels is even higher.

Talking to some of the experts, I realized that the major concern amongst children was the worry whether they will be able to score well in their exams and live up to the aspirations of their parents. Under the pressure to score well and surpass the overall competition children end up putting unnecessary pressure on themselves, which leads to stress and in some severe cases depression too. Psychologists have also reported that each year, especially during the exam session, children and their parents feel more stressed. A common mistake, which almost every parent makes, is the fact that many bar their children from participating in any other activity, citing the aspersions of the exam season. These figures came when hundreds of thousands of pupils were preparing to sit for CBSE as well as entrance exams in India. Even in primary schools, the scenario is no different, parents are scrambling to get their children registered while dealing with last moment blues.

As these figures reveal, the exam period can be a very stressful and anxious time for young people; add to it the pressure to do well and one would have perfect recipe to stress and depression. In no terms I am agitating against the tests, which are conducted as part of an effort to judge how well the pupil has understood the concepts of the process, however, the fault lies in the lack of support system for children. If we talk in ethical terms, schools have a moral obligation to support their pupils during times of pressure, and ideally schools should have strong setups in place to do so. We have, however, failed to take steps to ensure pupils are not on a constant treadmill of revision and testing.

Family relationships, as per many experts, were cited as the most common concerns by young people using the service in 2012-13. Another reason for the rise in exam stress could be nervousness on the part of teachers to deal with such cases in their classrooms. It is possible to draw a link between increased stress and exam reform and the accountability framework under which schools are ranked and measured. India’s children are some of the most tested in the world – and doctors, teachers and parents want change.

Schools are also testing pupils more frequently to prepare for exams. A survey last year – by a company that sells security seals used for exam papers – found that many secondary schools made pupils sit mock exams within a month of the summer holiday’s ending.

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