So, the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM) has finally declared the results of the High School Leaving Certificate Examinations, 2022, which was held earlier this year. Despite some oppositions from some student groups, who were against physical examination stating that it was not possible after having attended only online classes due to the COVID-19 situation, the exams were held successfully and now, the results declared (One would remember that in the previous two years, students were promoted without exam, again due to COVID-19, based on their internal performances).
And the overall pass percentage of 76 per cent has shown that the result is, indeed, not so bad as one would have expected; though we will have to agree that 24 percent of the students could not clear it with some set to appear in the compartment or improvement examination later this year and to be conducted by BOSEM.
And with the results being declared, there is an air of excitement, laughter, congratulatory messages and joyous celebrations. There are those who made it though there were doubts and then there are those who expected better, but then they have to be contended with it.
Aims and ambitions are high for the toppers, so too for the first division holders, probably. Everyone who cleared the examination is being congratulated and held in high esteem, especially the toppers. So, what about those who could not clear the examination? What of them now?
A sad reality of our society is that many of us do not tend to encourage those who could not make it the first time so that they can try again and do it better next time. Failure is a part of life and as they say, it is a stepping stone to success. Some of the most successful men in our times, such as Elon Musk, the late Steve Jobs or Bill Gates had to go through failure before they came to the position and status that they hold today.
We must also realise that failing an exam is not a failure in life or that it is the end of the world for anyone. Failure is only when one refuses to get up and start anew when they have fallen. Therefore, it is important that, as much as people congratulate those who succeed in life, one must also encourage and support those who could not make it in the first attempt so that they can do better next time.
And it is the same case with those 24 per cent of students who could not clear the HSLC Examinations, 2022 – they need to be supported, encouraged so that they can come out stronger and better next time. Perhaps, their result is a way of the universe telling them, giving them another chance to do better, to improve better.
And we must not stand in the ways of the universe but only encourage and support them. Everyone deserves another change in life, to be supported, to be encouraged and be given the green light to start anew.