Children’s stress during exams

Dear Editor,
Through the medium of your esteemed newspaper I would like to raise an important issue pertaining to children who go into a panic situation during examinations and suddenly find that they can’t recall the information that they have learned, or suffer from a condition called “brain block”. The situation becomes worse if the output depends on a singular test. I am of the considerate opinion that during exam time it may be impossible to avoid stress altogether by doing a lot of things to help alleviate as much stress as possible. For instance, boosting children’s confidence and self-belief, helping them let go of the anxiety over things they have no control over, and helping them in taking some time to relax. The examination season is marked with sky-high stress levels, anxiety, pressure and tension on part of both the students as well as the parents. Parents often feel like it is they who are taking the examination instead of the child with their minds revolving around tuitions and tuition teachers, strict time-tables and academics. We as parents believe examinations to be the most important aspect of a child’s life to the exclusion of everything else and pass this message along with the tension to the child as well. However in view of unprecedented exam-related depression, black-outs and suicides today every stakeholder of the society needs to take this as an alarming situation. Parents have a huge role to play in managing exam stress in children, especially in today’s world of cut-throat competition and pressure on children to perform the best. Through the medium of your esteemed newspaper I appeal to the parents to make our children to realize that success is a process and not a destination. They should know that success in life has many definitions, out of which academic result is just a little spec. Only then will the children feel stress free while appearing in examinations.
Vinod C. Dixit,
B-15 Jyotikalash Society,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat.