In an interaction with over a thousand students, parents and teachers from across India Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the education system and exams. The interaction was a part of his program ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020’.
A total of 2,000 students and teachers attended the program, out of which 1,050 students were selected through an essay competition. The third edition of the Prime Minister’s interaction program with school students ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ was held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
Before the address began PM Modi also attended an exhibition put up by the students.
HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ delivered a speech to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, students, and teachers.
Modi while addressing the speech focussed on how students should not worry about marks. He said that marks are not life. He urged parents not to pressurize students over examinations as opportunities have developed immensely.
He said we must rise above exams and asserted that we can move ahead in life with more options.
“Today, the world has changed a lot. The opportunities have developed immensely. The marks are not life anymore. Neither is any examination. These are just steps. First and foremost, we must accept this as a key step, but this isn’t our life,” he said.
“There is an environment created that says that we should get marks first, and everything else should be done later. Parents want to motivate their kids… I will urge parents not to tell children that exams are everything,” Modi explained further.
A few students asked, “How to maintain a balance between studies and extra-curricular activities”
To this, PM Modi answered, “We should try and learn from experiences. One cannot live like a robot”.
“We are not living in past times, today opportunities are humongous; therefore, we must always try,” he added. Also, he pointed out the main social stigma. He said that parents were earlier pressurizing students with studies and better marks.
However, now, they also discuss extra-curricular activities. In a nutshell, he asked students to try and learn from experience. “It is important to take part in extra-curricular activities,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that a farmer may not be educated well, but he is informed. “He learns, he understands technology and makes his life better. We must rise above exams and we can move ahead in life with more options,” he said.
During the program, Prime Minister Modi answered questions and interacted with selected students about how they can beat examination stress.
Around 2,000 students participated in the event from all over India. “The HRD Ministry in partnership with MyGov launched a ‘short essay’ competition on five different themes for students of classes IX to XII for the program, a government press release said.
The first edition of Prime Minister’s Interaction Programme with school and college students ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 1.0’ was held at Talkatora Stadium on February 16, 2018.