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Board Examinees On Tenterhooks

Updated: March 10, 2012 5:21 pm

It’s hardly a few days to go. Students writing Board Examinations are getting edgy. All sleepless nights and the worries piling up around make the scenario too tense. The fear is pretty natural before an exam. Experts believe that not only is it important for parents to be supportive but also the atmosphere in the house must be favourable for the child to study seriously. It is also important for parents to ensure that the child gets adequate rest—to avoid fatigue from continuous study. Now, it is the parents who stay by their side and even stay awake with their wards besides taking care of certain things like sleep, food and even reducing celebrations.

Parents must show a lot of cooperation and not put pressure on the children. The most important thing that they must remember is not to go by marks.


Three in four children across India buckle under the pressure of Board exams and fall physically ill just before or during their pre-Boards, found a survey of 625 students appearing for a board exams in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Of these, almost 40 per cent fell ill frequently in the two months leading to the Boards. Among the common complaints were infections, vomiting, headache, body ache, indigestion and sleeplessness, found the Exam Preparation Practices Study done by the Indian Medical Academy.

Children are tense, sleeping less, eating junk food and ignoring basic hygiene. For optimal academic performance, there needs to be a balance between study, nutrition, leisure and sleep. Parents can help ensure their children maintain this balance to lower physical and mental breakdown.

Doctors recommend students sitting in for the Boards be given all the essential vaccines, such as influenza (annual), chickenpox (twice in a lifetime), typhoid and meningitis (every two to three years) to ensure they do not fall ill during the boards.

By Syed Wazid Ali

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