In India May-June can be horrific months for parents of children who are seeking admissions to professional courses. In my state of Karnataka we had a re-exam for one subject (2nd PUC / XIIth) as paper had leaked. After that you had a minimum of two exams to attend – CET and ComedK (all other exams are for minority number of students). By the time our children finish these exams they are exhausted.
Today’s Mint carried an article “Blame it on the system” which was a review of New York Times article “An Open Letter to India’s Graduating Classes“. Both articles are an interesting read and a must for parents+students. While India “produces” a huge number of graduates a very small percentage of these are employable. Many get rejected for academic reasons but majority get rejected for not having the “other essential skills”.
Students looking for summer jobs in the US (and other western countries) is very common. I got a call recently from a reporter asking me how popular this topic was on our classified site click.in.
Central board exams (ICSE, CBSE) have recently concluded. Kids have a good 3-4 months before their XIth grade starts. The question most parents have is “How do we keep our kid(s) gainfully occupied during this long gap?”
Many years ago I had written about how students in US were exposed to government’s day to day operations. Not sure how many politicians in India are open to have students workings in their offices. It would be wrong to say every politician is corrupt but I guess most of them are. We would not want our kids to be exposed to the workings of 2G spectrum & other scams.