Modi joins Class 12 students in virtual session organized by Ministry of Education
New Delhi, June 3, 2021
Class 12 Students and their parents gathered for a virtual session organized by the Ministry of Education were surprised when Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined them without any prior announcement.
The session was organized by the Ministry of Education in view of the cancellation of the CBSE Class 12 board exams.
Modi began by saying, “Hope I did not disturb your online meeting” to the surprised students who broke into smiles on seeing the Prime Minister amidst them.
Going with the spirit of the moment, Modi referred to the removal of examination pressure and shared light moments with the relieved students and also shared some personal anecdotes.
When a student from Panchkula talked of the tension of examinations for the last so many days, the Prime Minister asked him about the location of his residence and told him that he, too, had stayed in the locality for a very long time.
Children opened up with the Prime Minister and shared their concerns and views freely. A student from Solan, Himachal Pradesh thanked the PM for cancelling the exams in the midst of the pandemic and hailed it as a good decision. One of the students lamented that some people are not following the COVID protocols of wearing masks, maintaining social distance, etc. She also elaborated on the awareness activities organized by her in her locality. There was a clear relief among the student as they were worried about the danger of the pandemic, most of them thanked the Prime Minister for the decision of cancelling the examinations. Parents also took the decision very positively.
In the spirit of the open and healthy discussion, the Prime Minister in an extempore gesture, called all the parents to join the interaction.
When the Prime Minister asked about the sudden vacuum after examinations were cancelled, a student replied, "Sir, you have said that exams should be celebrated as a festival. So, there was no fear in my mind for examinations." She, a student from Guwahati gave credit to the Prime Minister’s book "Exam Warriors" which she was reading since class 10th. Students also mentioned Yoga as a big help in coping with the uncertain times.
Students and parents responded with wide ranging things from dance, youtube music channels, exercise and politics. The Prime Minister asked them to research and write an essay on India's 75 years of Independence specially with reference to their areas.
In the meeting, the Prime Minister lauded the students for their team spirit which was seen during the second wave of COVID-19, through their public participation and teamwork. He asked the students whether they will watch the IPL, Champions League or wait for the Olympics or International Yoga Day to which a student replied that she has now got enough time to prepare for the entrance exam for the college admissions. He asked the students to utilise their time productively post exam cancellation.