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Schools prepare for CBSE exams.

Byline: Students are not the only ones to be gripped by exam fever - it extends to teachers and the administration as well.

Dubai: Students are not the only ones to be gripped by exam fever - it extends to teachers and the administration as well.

The ongoing Grade 12 and Grade 10 Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) have the entire school administration on their toes.

Every school administration goes the extra mile to make sure that students appearing for the exams are made comfortable. Special care is also offered to those students who are down with mumps or chickenpox.

Subject teachers are also on standby at all centres so that students can clear last minute doubts. Students are asked to come early so that the school administration can help them relax. Schools encounter cases where students in their anxiety forget to get their examination call card and the school administration has to step in and provide a photocopy.

"A staff nurse is on hand. We usually get to know if the students are down with mumps or chickenpox and provide them with a separate room," said Malati Das of the Indian School Ajman.

She said that the teachers' main job is to provide students with assurances that all is going to go well with them.

"There is quite a lot of stress, particularly when a school is an examination centre. Other school students will be coming in to our school to appear for exams, so there should be no problem. You need to make the students comfortable.

"It is our responsibility to create an environment for them so that they do not miss being on their school premises. Some students even drop out because they get nervous. A couple of years ago we had a student who was a good student but on the day of her exam her mother called up to say that she would not be appearing for her exam. The following year she sat her exams and she scored good marks."

John Mathai, principal of Our Own English High School for Boys, Warqaa branch, said: "I have not come across any problem, but yes, one thing that an examination centre should take care is to not waste the time of the student. For example the school bus that brings students to these examination centres might not arrive on time due to traffic. We should not be holding the child back and waste time. Assuring the child is important."

Neelam Upadhaya, principal of the Indian School Al Ain was of the opinion that the school administration should make sure that students are in the exam hall by 8.30am because delays might make the students nervous. What is your worst memory attached to the CBSE exams? Do you think teachers and parents are able to encourage pupils to give their best performance? Or is the pressure for pupils too much to handle?

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Date:Mar 9, 2009
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