Over 18 lakh students will appear for the class X exams starting with the vocational subjects on February 21, and over 12 lakh students will take the class XII boards from February 15, beginning with vocational subjects.
The letter, uploaded on the board’s website, uses computer and internet terminology like Facebook, Instagram, search engine, and cut-copy-paste to tell students about the importance of board exams and the ‘unimportance’ of marks.”School is the place where you let your mind’s Web Browser loose and driven by your inquisitiveness, hard work and hunger for knowledge, knowingly or unknowingly, you Download several competencies and life skills. There are Messengers (mentors) to help you identify the Spams, if any, and the Bandwidth of learning is fast and vast. School is perhaps the one place in life where the Auto-correct, Backspace, Pause, Shift or Delete options are abundant and add value to your education,” the letter stated.
The board also tells students why board exam results are not a milestone. “…These exams are…not a measure of success or failure. They are like URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) of your life, that are meant to help you locate the real possibilities and resources that lie within you, by optimising the knowledge Search Engine inside you… You are unique. Pour your uniqueness into every aspect of your life, including the way you prepare for and deal with exams. Face (your) Books. Insta your studies,” read the letter.
Teachers said any motivation before exams helps lifts students’ spirit. “Anxiety among children is building up as they start the last leg of preparation before the boards begin…The board writing a letter that connects with students is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Kalpana Dwivedi, principal of St Joseph High School, Panvel.