Shillong, April 26: Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh has asked the students to lead a healthy life while deploring the trend of spending sleepless nights by them due to perennial use of mobile phones.
These days, the students are not sleeping as they are glued to their mobile phones watching YouTube videos which is not a good trend, the Speaker said.
The need of the hour is that the students should maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of their sleep and nutrition. Students should also practise concentration exercises, meditation so that it can help in building a positive attitude,” the Speaker said speaking at the ‘State Level cum Sensitisation Orientation Programme on Pariksha Parv 4.0 at the State Convention Centre, organised by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights with the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, in collaboration with the Asia Foundation and New India Junction.
The speaker said that in his childhood, the parents wanted the children to sleep daily at 8.30 pm and get up at 5 am unlike the current trend.
He also asked the teachers and parents to ensure that the students do not spend long hours in tuitions which is stressful.
He said the new idea to celebrate the festival of examinations is ideal and through Pariksha Parv, students can remove the stress and anxiety of examinations.
“We all know that students in schools experience high stress during examinations, especially during their board examinations due to various reasons such as lack of preparation, style of their study and lack of needed information among others , I would say that professional role is very important to undertake oral test, observation and writing skills of the students, which would go a long way in reducing the stress.
The speaker said improving education at the grassroots level in a society like Meghalaya is important as most of the children are in rural areas. Village wise school campaign will be very beneficial for children and for that matter, the community as a whole, he said.
He said more focus should be given to students in rural areas compared to their counterparts in urban areas where the students have more access to education.
The assembly speaker also urged the teaching community to adopt a comprehensive strategy to test the skills and abilities of the students. All efforts should be made to make the exam package more attractive, more transparent and take exam as a joyful activity, he said.
He called upon the gathering to help children to become mentally stronger and enable them to take responsibilities and become better citizens of the future.
Social welfare minister Kyrmen Shylla, who was the guest of honour, encouraged the students to prepare for examinations without any fear.
During the programme, the chief guest and guest of honour distributed the “Exam Warriors”, a book authored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the school students. Other dignitaries who attended the programme included Iamon M Syiem, Chairperson SCPCR, Meghalaya, Rupali Banerjee Singh, Member Secretary NCPCR, Dr Sujatha Sathpathy, Professor, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS New Delhi, Dr Jyotsna Bharadwaj, Faculty for Diploma in Guidance and Counselling course, Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations of education, NCERT among others.