The Haryana government has put the mental health of children at risk in 8th class board exams

The Haryana government, playing hardball, passed an order to introduce 8th grade board examinations in all public and private schools coming under multiple boards. Parents and children are concerned about this decision, claiming that the state of mental health of children has no value

The National Education Policy was approved by the Government of India in July 2020. The purpose of introducing this new policy on education was to allow school systems across India to improve the condition of all public and private schools under their jurisdiction.

“Although the policy is highly progressive in nature, it gives flexibility to the state education department, SCERT and other government agencies responsible for education planning and implementation. As a result, if the NEP’s interpretation is misunderstood or misrepresented, it could lead to catastrophic consequences, “said Amitabh Birmani, founder and CEO of The Education Alliance, a Delhi-based non-profit organization that works with the Delhi state government. , TN, Tripura, and MP with school education reform initiative.

Earlier this month, the Haryana government proposed and passed an order to introduce 8th grade board examinations in all public and private schools in the state. It has made it mandatory for all public and private schools coming under multiple boards like Haryana State Board of Education, ICSE Board, CBSE Board and IGCSE Board to appear for a general board examination. Board of School Education, Haryana.

The decision taken by the Haryana government seems to have been inspired by the National Education Policy 2020 where under section 4 of the policy document titled ‘Transforming Assessment for Student Development’, it clearly states that “Tracking progress throughout the school year and not just. In the end, students, parents, teachers, principals, and all students will take school exams in grades 3, 5, and 8 to facilitate the entire schooling system and teaching-learning process to plan for school improvement, which will be administered by appropriate authorities. Evaluate the achievement of primary education results by evaluating basic conceptual knowledge from national and local curriculum with application of relevant high-level skills of knowledge in the situation. Will be used in which schools report the results of their overall (anonymous) students For the release and for the continuous monitoring and improvement of the schooling system. “

Emphasizing this, Amitabh said, “It illustrates how this government has misinterpreted the purpose of NEP 2020 where it has clearly stated that key stage assessment (should not be interpreted as a board test) for Grade 3 should be introduced. , 5 and 8 are governed by the appropriate authority. Appropriate authority, in my opinion, will be the board under which the schools are governed – e.g. ICSE, CBSE and IGCSE and not the Haryana Board. The misrepresentation of this provision has not only caused outrage and suspicion among parents and student organizations of all schools across the state but has also raised suspicions.

Following the announcement, Manika Sharma, director of The Sriram School, said: Students haven’t been to school in 2 years, they haven’t met their friends or even put pen to paper in this new online space and now we want to face their board exams? Why? What will it do to their emotional makeup? Children are very fragile and we should bring them back to a happy, non-frightening environment, and here we are trying to ‘test’ them? I don’t understand it. Release the children, wait for the consequences of this epidemic to settle, talk to the educators, ask what we need to do, ask the counselors, the parents and most importantly the children! Be sensitive. “

Class 8 Sriram’s guardian, Richa Mehta Menon shared how the parent community was completely stunned to hear of this last-minute decision to take board exams for 8th grade students for the current academic year 2021-2022.

“Children are not equipped to handle this last-minute change emotionally, emotionally or academically. More worryingly, a child attending a school affiliated with the ICSE / IG board is now being asked to take an exam that follows the NCERT curriculum.” Telling the student that he has studied all year for CBSE 10th standard board exam and now, within two weeks, to be ready to take his exam on the basis of completely different syllabus. Is this our idea of ​​education? “Our children are not robots that just need to provide data to them. Our main focus should be to get them back to normal. They have shown tremendous resilience so far. Let’s not cripple their souls and test their resolve,” he said.

“They are now giving their first test in school. They are anxious, stressed and uncertain. The Haryana government now wants them to study more, and give another test from a completely different syllabus in a month. I ask you, would any intelligent adult be able to handle a task without deteriorating the mental and emotional health of a child only 13 years old? All over the world, schools, education boards, psychologists are telling parents and learning centers to go with the kids easily and here we are bringing hell on them. Why neglect and throw away the conventional education system in these schools? Does the government think that their tests, assessments etc. are not correct or have no importance in their eyes? Survi Tuli says, Sriram’s father is also a Class 8 student.

Harvard-educated Amarin Sekhan, a doctorate in psychology, counselor and psychologist at a well-known CIS-recognized school, says children have been the hardest hit by the epidemic. “Their social skills have further deteriorated. They are experiencing mental health problems. Grief, uncertainty, social isolation, fear, increased screen time on a daily basis have affected children’s mental health. One big change, since all the teaching and testing was done online in the last two years, was an added source of stress and anxiety for the children – now slowly returning to normal this week This is not a fair assessment at all শিশ obviously, children are not ready because this information is given to parents as well as children ৷ last minute. Has been affected by the epidemic A realistic test and introspection is needed before making a decision that could have an impact. “

Instead of a gross misinterpretation of the NEP 2020 framework, a real truth verification and introspection really takes time.

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