Corona: Indian school students concerned on their higher education

IIK Staff Reporter
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The higher education plan for a large number of Indian students in Kuwait is in a state of quandary after the coronavirus spread the world. As Kuwait also reported number of coronavirus cases, the Kuwaiti authorities implemented strict measures to safe guard the health of citizen and residents of this country. As part of this, Kuwait ministry announced closure of all the schools and resulted in cancellation of all the exams.

This extra measures taken by the Kuwaiti authorities forced the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to cancel the board exams for 12th standard students in Kuwait, whereas the students in India and other overseas centers are completing the exams.

The students and parents in Kuwait are in a dilemma as there is no official announcement regarding the canceled exams yet.

In addition to the uncertainty in board exams, currently all flight service from Kuwait is also cancelled, which has affected many of the students plan to prepare for their higher education in India. Currently there is no clear picture as when the flight service to India will re-open.

This has put them in a confused state as many of the entrance tests for higher education will begin from April first week and students are required to travel to India to attend these entrance test.

The JEE Main exam for those students who wish to join the engineering stream for higher education scheduled to begin in April 1st week while Entrance test for Engineering, Architecture and Medical for various states will be held from mid of April. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for students who wish to study undergraduate medical courses and dental courses in India will be held in May as per the current schedule.

As per the Government of India directive, any passenger coming from Kuwait must be in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. Even if the flight service from Kuwait is restored by April 1st week, the students will not be able to appear for the exams which is scheduled from April 1st week due to the compulsory quarantine requirement by government of India.

The higher education also depends on the marks of their board exam for 12th standard, which they are clueless how CBSE will manage the missed exams.

A choice remain for the students in Kuwait is to postpone these entrance exams by the respective authorities. As of now, no official announcement has come from any authorities about postponement of these exams as this will also impact the beginning of academic year. If there is no postponement, parents urge the Indian Embassy in Kuwait to coordinate with the respective authorities to allot center in Kuwait to conduct these entrance examinations. However, this need special approval from the Kuwait authorities as currently Kuwait is strictly instructed all educational institutions to shut its door for any kind of activity.

The parents request an urgent interference in this regard by India government otherwise the higher students plan for thousands of Indian students in Kuwait will be jeopardized.

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Mr. Achayan
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Breakdown in communication is made visible through failure to address relevant issues & name calling. Also check your spelling and put your children is UK or US if you want better future instead of criticizing CBSE and Indian govt.

Original Bajrangi Bhaijan writes long messages but the points are valid.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
@Original or duplicate bajrangi baijan.

Will you keep your ''crap'' advice and sarcasim to yourself. Nobody asked your wisdom to be showered upon us, as we know what we are talking about.

Don''t think that you are the smartest brain around and stop giving gospel messages, unasked.

Mr. Chattopadhyay
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
During Gulf War in 1990, people were not crying for future but running for their lives. Maybe public need more strict measure like curfew to make them start crying for food and clothes; so they will stop behaving worse than their children.

Original Bajrangi Bhaijan
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Pray all you like but use your brain and eyes to see when your god has answered your prayer also !
Strict country like Kuwait values life and accordingly taking correct action to preserve the life of your child - no future if child is dead, correct??

Also Kuwait govt. knows that if they agree to allow examination, hundreds of students will gather in a common area like examination hall or school and spread of COVID-19 will be expedited through these students to their families, neighbours, etc..

Kuwait govt. knows Indian people and what kind of standards are maintained by us. Every tom, dick and harry will start doing what they like and when they are deported, these same people will complain about the strong action !!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
I sent an email to CBSE board and JEE but no response about the CBSE exam or the postponement of the Entrance exam, i am really worried for my child future, for sure Indian Embassy should involve themselves and support the Indians in Kuwait for their Children higher educations and to complete their 12 exam successfully. I strongly feel Government of India will take positive decision and conclusion on this subject. Let us pray god for our children''s future

Original Bajrangi Bhaijan
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
@FJ, Murali, Nrgis, Nargis & J K
...all are crying for ''future'' of your children and blaming CBSE and govt. of India. If some of your children will end up in the morgue people like you will again blame CBSE and govt. of all countries.

Be grateful that your children are alive. Few months loss or even 1 year loss is nothing compared to loss of life due to negligence and stupid carelessness. If you take unnecessary risk, you have only yourself to blame!

Take this free time to appreciate all you have and try to connect with loved ones and friends through internet of course !

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Wif the indian govt does not understand and ignore the future of so many kids, then I suggest to send your kids to Canada for higher education. If you noticed, this is the new trend in India especially from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala. My kids also left for Canada, because I was upset that the colleges in Kerala and Bangalore was asking for higher fees compared to local students. So u did my math, and realised that my son and daughter has a chance to live in Canada, work while studying and have a reliable career. More importantly, they don''t have to come back to Gulf or chase their dreams in India where there are millions coming out of colleges every year. Just sharing my experience that''s all.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Still time...
If we start this week the following exams Iam sure we will finish.!
Our embassy and higher educational authorities should go and explain our situation to Kuwaiti authorities.They will definitely help our kids.
Not all the kids are writing exams on the same day .
Each day one subject is held so only that subject students will write the exam.
Actually we lack behind in convincing.That is the fact.
Pls don’t wait until 26 th March.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
This is a blessing in disguise for these kids. Now they have got a year to prepare for the entrance tests and a higher chance of entering the premier universities for their future studies.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
this is the example of situation pcs, one nation , one country ,one resan,one language never to be done and not recomed also.hope 12th std students lose their hope! FOR NEET to move medical.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Still the battle is not lost.If our Indian embassy and higher educational authorities join hands and have talk with our Kuwaiti government they will definetly understand the situation.
Not all the kids are writing the plus 2 exam at the same time .
One one day one one exam ,and centers are also more
Please I request the authorities to take immediate action.
If we do so,we need not ask Indian govt any change in schedule.
Help us because our kids 1 year life will be wasted.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Students & Parents should not panic...and iik, your last line - thousands of Indian students in Kuwait will "NOT" be jeopardized...there will be some solution like starting a semester later in the spring etc. Starting a semester later or even a year later will not affect a Childs future or Career. The current scenario in the world is such and we just have to deal with it until the situation calms down.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
It''s a shame that the CBSE schools managements in Kuwait never bothered to urge the concerned authorities in India to have an IIT JEE Main examination centre in Kuwait. Their only focus is on CBSE Board results, which will not help the students in any way in securing admissions for higher studies in India. I hope these school managements will wake up from their slumber and think big about the students careers in the near future.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Yes all parents are confused. Not only that students who are going to higher classes this year (10 and 12 std) since schools are shut when will the portion for board exams be completed? What is CBSE and Indian Embassy doing in this matter? are they discussing with Govt of India? ..Worried parents expect an advisory and a solution to this please. One solution could be cancel the portion to remove burden from students as time is reduced to complete portion(cancel specially Social Science, English French/Hindi subjects as most is useless) or postpone further exams including India as this is a global problem. Can our so called CBSE board intellects and Indian embassy coordinate with Govt of India to be proactive and give worried parents a easy fix? I am sure they can if they have concern.

Original Bajrangi Bhaijan
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
This is life. More than being ready for changes, we must be willing to accept things we cannot change. Do your best and go along with the flow... if you lost 1 year it is better than losing your life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
May God Bless these children.

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