Dear Editor, The cases of suicide by teenagers after the declaration of results is very unfortunate incident that is getting attention of the social thinkers now a days. The purpose of education system is to develop the tendencies and skills of the youth so that they can be shaped into better citizens and useful members of society. The educational system is to infuse self confidence in them. What is happening is totally different. After the declaration of results the students get depressed just because they don’t have expected numbers. This is absolutely ridiculous. This becomes more illogical when the well read parents put lot of pressure on their children to fetch 100 percent marks. The level of thinking has so downgraded that we can make comparison of the value of life with the marks in board exams. Students in teenage need to be handled with love and compassion as emotions are at their peak in this age. They need to be taught the true value of life. Success and fulfillment are two different things. A successful person necessarily may not be a fulfilled person but a fulfilled person has its own definition of success that evolves across the changing domains of time and space. Moreover, it’s not like that a person who gets less marks in board exams may not be a successful person in life. There are many examples where the persons who didn’t have much impressive academic record but they proved their mettle in later halves of their lives. Students therefore need not to worry about their marks. They just need to focus on their studies with the factual knowledge that with a little change in numbers they are not going to be losers. Students have different levels of aptitudes. Some have aesthetic sense and are good in art and literature while the others may have good insights into science and technology. Some others may be good in sports. The great philosopher Rajneesh says that comparison is a disease. Everyone is unique and a masterpiece in itself. We should not apply our own narrow benchmarks to analyze the capacities of our youth. Let them have their own way under little guidance of ours. The students who are equipped with stress management skills cannot be expected to perform their roles under different circumstances.They must be taught to have a sense of independent and scientific temper which can help them to sail across the storm of social pressures and conditioning. They should be saved from being hypothetical and dogmatic way of thinking that prefix and presupposes everything without being realising that the very course of life is mysterious and success and failure do not have fixed connotations. It is a democratic country where we have n number of opportunities. The highly qualified officers work under less qualified ministers and businessmen earn more than high rank officer’s. So, students need not to worry about their percentage. They have many opportunities to show their worth and they need to be explored to make best use of their talents and innate abilities. Hope parents will also understand the futility of putting pressure on their children and let their children to breathe in fresh air. The air which is free of the dusky smoke of their unfulfilled desires and passion. I know all parents love their children but this love is covered with their illogical fears and worries. If it wouldn’t have been this way, they had never allowed themselves to put the lives of their loving parts at risk. Nirmal Singh Chib, Via-e-mail.
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