Don’t treat your ward’s report card as your visiting card: PM Modi’s advice to parents

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New Delhi: Parents should not treat the “report cards” of children as their “visiting cards” or expect them to fulfill their unfulfilled dreams, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he interacted on Tuesday with around 2,000 students, teachers and parents in the second edition of “Pariksha Pe Charcha”.
He encouraged parents to be a factor of motivation and encouragement for their children. “I would request parents, do not expect your children to fulfill your unfulfilled dreams. Every child has his or her own potential and strengths… It is important to understand these positives of every child. Parents often treat the report cards of their children as their visiting cards and that adds extra pressure on them which is very unreal and unhealthy,” he said.
“Only when you take it in spirit and encourage your child a 60 per cent holder moves towards 70 or 80 per cent. If you only criticize and scold your child for not getting 90 per cent you will demotivate your child to start believing that they are incapable. This will take their grades further down towards 40 per cent,” the prime minister added.
With less than a month to go for the Class 10 and Class 12 examinations, Modi discussed ways to handle the exam stress in the interactive session at the Talkatora Stadium where students from across the country got a chance to participate.
“Our learning cannot be reduced to exams only. Our education must equip us to face various challenges of life as well. I sincerely believe that anything that challenges us, polishes us too. If there is nothing to test us, then we become complacent. There must always be something to challenge us,” he said.
Jairpeet Singh, a student based in Tehran, asked the prime minister about the need to encourage students constantly and how it makes children happy.

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