As lakhs of HSC science students faced one of their worst fears on Wednesday with a difficult Physics exam and counsellors dealt with a stream of phone calls, those at Pune’s Vyaktitva Vikas Prabodhini were a jittery lot. Even as they pacified anxious students on their constantly ringing phones, the counsellors were waiting for one call that just wouldn’t come. They wanted to hear from a worried student they had spoken to a day before the exam.
“The student was so scared that he did not want to sit for the paper. He told us that if he failed, his parents would throw him out of the house. We counselled him and offered to speak to his parents. Eventually, he calmed down and agreed to write the paper. But on Wednesday, as students kept calling us to say the paper was tough, we were worried about him as his phone was switched off. Finally, on Thursday, we spoke to him and were relieved,”said counsellor Pavan Kumar Gaikwad.
In the meantime, Gaikwad said, they had received at least 20 phone calls from students wanting to know if there would be re-exams. “They said the paper was lengthy and part 2 was especially tough,” he said.
After the first tough exam faced by students, calls to counsellors have nearly doubled.
B D Garud, professor of psychology at Abasaheb Garware College and a board-appointed counsellor, said, “Some students said they found the questions tricky and time-taking. I would say this was because they do not study from textbooks these days and mostly rely on notes from private classes. Also, students today are not very used to writing.