Do you recall the exam days, waking up to read early in the morning, praying before the exam, eating curd sugar before school, attempting answers with a new pen, and taking advice like “don’t leave any questions” from elders?
While we have all moved heaven and earth in preparation for exams, these are all memories of our school days, the wonderful and most cherished phase of life.
The date of examinations builds a sense of fear and doubt in the mind of the students. They need guidance in such a circumstance. For the last four years, the Department of School and Literacy, under the ambit of the Ministry of Education, has been organising ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha,’ an innovative programme conceptualised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On 1 April 2022 at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium, the PM will answer questions on exam stress management. The current edition has received an estimated 15 lakh registrations from students, teachers, and parents from across the nation and from overseas as well.
Modi’s ‘exam warrior’ movement
The programme is part of a larger ‘Exam Warriors’ movement that borrows its name from PM Modi’s bestselling book. In it, the Prime Minister outlines a refreshing approach to education in which knowledge and holistic development of students are given primary importance.
During the previous Pariksha Pe Charcha 2021, the Prime Minister emphasised that exams are not a life and death situation; one must view it as one of the many opportunities to seek out more challenges rather than running away from them.
While success and failure cannot be decided based on the result of the examination in life, we should remember that the hard work we do today determines the path of our success.
Negative behaviour creates a hindrance to the success of work and leads us into despair. So, a positive approach is required for a successful outcome.
The programme embodies the essence of a participatory model of governance and development, taking into account the feedback and concerns that are shared by students, parents, and teachers.
“You are not talking to the Prime Minister of India, you are talking to a friend.” This accommodative attitude creates a conducive environment for discussing the importance of stress-free examinations. We should also try to befriend our children,” PM Modi said.
He added, “Connect with your children, know their likes and dislikes. When you include yourself in the world of your children, it will bridge the generation gap, and they will also understand your point.”
Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022
As several state and national board examinations come closer, Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022 aims at taking this discourse forward and engaging in discussions with students from classes 9 to 12, along with their parents and teachers.
The broad themes of this programme includes exam stress management strategies during Covid-19, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Self-reliant School for Self-reliant India, Clean India, Green India, Digital Collaboration in Classroom, and environmental conservation and climate change resilience.
Collectively, they aim at encouraging discussions around education, ‘Atmanirbharta’ in terms of teaching and learning, and an equal emphasis is placed on climate change.
When schools and colleges were closed due to the pandemic, students, teachers, and parents adapted to more innovative and interactive forms of education. This proactive approach toward strengthening and making India’s education system more self-reliant has been seen even through the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
For teachers and parents, the discussion surrounds the provisions of the NEP and how it will empower students and society, and pave the way for ‘Naya Bharat.’
As the country celebrates seven years of the successful implementation of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, the programme encourages parents to submit notes on how this scheme has helped in national development.
The previous editions of Pariksha Pe Charcha have witnessed tremendous participation from students, parents, and teachers alike. The use of interactive and pictorial activities not only encourages participation but also aids the use of thought-provoking and enjoyable activities that help absorb concepts through practical means.
It is the responsibility of all parents, guardians, teachers that we provide value and moral-based education to our children. It is also the vision of the NEP 2020 that education should be value-based so that students of today become good citizens of tomorrow.
To do this, we have to provide stress-free education to the students. Instead of coming first in the race for marks, they should be motivated to acquire knowledge.
Come and join us for Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022 and listen to thoughts on handling exam pressure to excel in studies.
The author is Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Government of India. He tweets @Drsubhassarkar.