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Education: A parent’s primary concern

In the 21st century, where the academic competition is fierce, one of the major concerns that parents go through is their child’s education. Irrespective of the education that they have received, every parent wants their child to reach the pinnacle of success and make it big in the world. 

The reality introduces itself when children pass out from their schools. The real struggle is to get them admitted into a reputed college, which forms the root of their career. Outside the school is a world, where children are left alone with their grade cards and destinies in their hands.

The rigors of JEE preparation

There are numerous exams that children undertake after they pass out from schools, to achieve something that they have always wanted to. One such major entrance exam is the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), formerly known as the Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), a standardized test used for engineering programs in India. The JEE, which replaced the IIT-JEE in 2013, comprises of multiple-choice questions that test the applicant’s knowledge in several engineering-related fields. The JEE is offered at two levels: JEE Main and JEE Advanced, the latter being required for certain selective programs.

What do parents feel when their child is doing his JEE preparation?

It is not only children who fight in the war for admission into a reputed college but also the parents who stand like pillars beside their children at every step. The ‘want’ and ‘need’ for success, not only feeds children but their parents too; who in turn end up pressurizing their children to achieve something that they desperately desire.

Every parent wants the best for their child, whether they have enough money and resources to pay for their the education or not. Well, that’s how parents are; the models of ‘selfless love’.

Whether it is competition, expenditure on education or stress level, all aspects touch the sky during the child’s JEE preparation. The pressure that parents bear is indirectly faced by children. The increased level of stress in the minds of children automatically leads to a decreased level of concentration in studies. More the pressure, lesser the marks (well, mostly). The rising level of burden, at the end of the day, frustrates the children.

When parents give in all that they possess into their child’s education, they expect their children to have bright grade cards with highest marks in return. When children fail to do so, parents get disappointed and scold their children as a result. Such high levels of frustration in the family does no good; in most of the cases.

No five fingers are alike. Similarly, neither of the children are the same. There are some who succeed in handling the pressure that their family and the world puts on them. But there are many who find it easier to give up on their lives than bearing the pressure of admission. Parents, helplessly end up blaming themselves for such situations.

To conclude, it is never ‘only’ children who face the pressure and struggle for their secured future, but parents as well, who bear much more stress. It is both children and parents who need to possess enough patience and mental strength to handle the struggle.

As a parent, it’s crucial to stand by your child at all times during his/her JEE preparations. Read more about what parents should keep in mind here.

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