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Life after declaration of board exam results- a new beginning

A 5-step guide for you to plan after board results are out!

It’s that time of the year when it’s time for all of you to go through the next phase of life: dealing with your RESULTS. So, your board exam results have been declared. Regardless of your board and curriculum, here are a few things that most teenagers deal with post results.

1.Did you get the grades/marks as per your expectations?:   May be you performed well as per your expectations?  But did you manage to keep up with your parents or society’s expectations? If you did, then Congratulations!!! Keep up the good work and may you continue to have many more successful journeys! If you didn’t do well, then Congratulations for trying!!! The secret to winning in life is through participation and not giving up!

2.Where should you go from here?:  The next phase includes deciding on the courses you wish to pursue as well as the colleges. Always select your college based on the courses you wish to pursue. Keep in mind your long-term goals and take a decision accordingly. Don’t just chase a particular college solely because of its brand name. Instead, think of how the brand name of the college will help you to reach your goal.

3.Is it okay to stand out? Is it okay to be a part of the crowd?:   It is okay to stand out and it is okay to be a part of the crowd as long as you are comfortable with your decisions. Whether you choose to take up Arts, Science, Commerce or any relevant field needs to be related to not only what you wish to pursue but also to your academic performance. That’s when you know, you’ve made a realistic decision; that’s when you know, you’ve made the right choice.

4.Do you need to have a backup plan?:  Board exam results may or may not accurately reflect your aptitude and levels of interests in different subjects. However, regardless of what it reflects, the reality of the situation is that your grades/marks will play an important role in helping you to get admission to a course and College/University of your choice. If you manage to get a seat in an institution of your choice, then that’s wonderful! Keep that going. If not, then it’s always considered appropriate to have a backup plan in terms of selection of courses and colleges. Initially, going for plan B might hurt a bit, but in the long-run, it might turn out to be better than you ever imagined! Perhaps, plan B is where you’re meant to be!

5.Look at the bigger picture:  While board exam results mark a transition phase in everyone’s life and it would be nice to give it your best and get all that you want, this is not the only parameter for being successful in life. Getting good grades will increase your chances of seeking admission to a reputable college and course of your choice; perhaps, it might even help you in getting your first job. But after that, it’s all about being consistent, hardworking, staying motivated, being positive and courteous and having clarity about where you want to be that will ultimately take you places. So, no matter what happens, always look at the bigger picture and take your decisions accordingly.

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CBSE, ICSE, SSC? What works well in India and doesn’t?

Keep factors such as your budget, value system and your child’s aptitude and interests before choosing a board.
Nishtha JunejaTeentalkindia Content Writer

Not too long ago, parents at a reputed school in the heart of Mumbai, staged a protest when the school management decided to switch from state board (SSC) to Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) for grades 1st to 5th and changed the name of the school by calling it an ‘international school’. School fees have also been hiked without parental consent. The Consultant appointed by the School Management cited the reason of ‘focusing on all round development of the children’. This school is the alma mater of renowned cricket players like Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar. But that didn’t stop the parents from complaining about the fee hike.

So, what are the different types of boards that exist in India and why are they viewed favourably in one context and viewed negatively in another situation? Let’s try and understand a little more about each of the boards and what are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing the same:

1.SSC (State Board):    Each state has its own educational board and the curriculum is set by the state body. State language is compulsory if you choose to study in a school that follows the state board. 
The advantages of opting for this board are lower fees, thereby making it affordable for people coming from different socio-economic backgrounds, including the marginalized communities; less stressful, since the syllabus is relatively easier and the structure of the curriculum also allows you to focus on extracurricular activities like sports.

The disadvantages of selecting the SSC board include it not being favourable for parents with transferable jobs; whereas some schools in small towns and rural areas might also lack in basic amenities, apart from the fact that the curriculum entirely depends on state government policies.

2.ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education- also known as CISCE board):  This board was started by Anglo-Indian Community and has many Convent Schools affiliated to this Board. It has a presence not only in India, but also in UAE, Singapore and Indonesia.
The advantages of pursuing this board are wide curriculum as compared to the state board and more focus on language and literature, be it English or Hindi. There is also greater emphasis on practical knowledge and analytical skills.
The disadvantage of selecting this board is higher fees and a disadvantage when it comes to seeking admission in state universities due to fewer seats.

3.CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education):  The curriculum is set by NCERT that is National Council of Education Research and Training. All Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya as well as many private schools in the country are affiliated to this Board. This curriculum also has a presence in 25 countries including India, Malaysia and Dubai, Japan to name a few.

Major entrance examinations such as IIT-JEE and NEET are based on the CBSE curriculum.
The advantage of focusing on this curriculum is that there is a greater level of emphasis on Maths and Science and the syllabus is standardized across India. It is also favourable for parents with transferable jobs plus finding related books and tutors is easy.

The disadvantage of focusing on this curriculum is that the syllabus is vast and that the fees are high in some schools.

Fundamentals of all subjects are taught across all the boards. So, before deciding on which curriculum is suitable for your child, please make sure it suits your budget, your value system and your child’s aptitude and interests.



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