This uplifting news comes to us from Raigarh, Chattisgarh, India.
The board examination results that were recently declared across the country brought intense joy and bitter disappointment to hundreds of families. While some families were jubilant at their wards having cleared the exam successfully, other families were plunged into the pits of disappointment.
Such was the case for an 18-year-old student from Raigarh, Chattisgarh whose disappointment at failing the board exams resulted in suicide, reports say that the unfortunate student failed his board exams last year as well.
The news of the suicide reached the ears of the District Magistrate of Kabirdham District, Officer Awanish Kumar Sharan of the 2009 batch IAS officer cadre. He was anguished at the news and he took to Facebook asking students not to lose hope or get disheartened.
“ I appeal to all students and their parents not to take the results very seriously. It’s just a number game. You will get many more chances to prove your caliber” he wrote on Facebook.
Going above and beyond simple advice, the IAS officer also posted his personal results obtained in class 10, 12 board exams and also college results. He had scored 44.5 percent and 65 percent marks in class 10 and 12 respectively besides getting 60.7 percent in his graduation. Awanish was quick to point out that despite these apparent setbacks, he persevered.
With determination and persistence, he made sure that he could work himself to clear the very difficult and hard to crack Union Public Service Commission examinations. And today he is a proud IAS officer.
The officer’s message on social media was meant to bolster the hopes of students and their parents who suffer from depression, anxiety, and stress as a result of poor marks in their board exams. The message was also directed at the family members so that they do not put the weight of expectation on their children, which might result in them taking an extreme step if they fare poorly in the examination.
The Collector goes on to say that choices are not limited today and opportunities will keep coming as long as students persevered with their mission. “ Why let school percentage decide the future. They should soon get over it as exam results are not the end of the world.” he said.
The Collector’s words serve as an inspiration to the many students who are laid low by bad results and who contemplate extreme means as a solution.
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