This strengthened the emotional bonds between family members, he says in Pariksha Pe Charcha.

Although students missed a year of school life and interaction with their teachers and friends because of COVID-19, the pandemic has also taught them many lessons about the true value of essential things and strengthened the emotional bonds between them. family members at a time of social distancing. , Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday.

He answered the only question related to the pandemic in his interaction with the students through a Pariksha Pe Charcha event, despite social media seeing a section of students calling for exams to be canceled due to increased cases. In fact, this is the first time that Mr. Modi’s annual pre-exam event has been held entirely online due to pandemic restrictions.

With cases exceeding the lakh per day – significantly higher than the level of infection last March when several board exams were canceled – a section of students and parents urged that student safety be considered the highest priority. The hashtag # cancelboardexams2021 was one of the top five Twitter trends on Tuesday and Wednesday, with nearly seven lakh tweets. Others wanted exams postponed or posted online to reduce the risk of infection.

However, the Central Council for Secondary Education reiterated that exams will be held offline from May 4. Students who support the exams held on time argued on Twitter that they did not want to risk wasting an academic year, and that a year of experience with COVID-19 security protocols will protect candidates.

During the Pariksha pe Charcha event, Mr. Modi also offered study tips and advice on reducing tension in the exam room. Responding to a student’s question about memory tricks, the PM urged her to focus on internalizing knowledge rather than rote memorization. “You learned your native language naturally, because the things that are a part of you are never forgotten,” he told the student from Rajasthan.

The dominant language of the largely pre-recorded interaction was Hindi, although Mr. Modi responded with the Tamil greeting, ‘Vanakkam ‘ to a student from Kanyakumari who spoke English. He also asked an Assam student how she learned to speak Hindi so well.

Not all of the questions were directly related to the exams. Responding to dietary questions from parents in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Mr. Modi encouraged them to feed their children healthy and traditional recipes, and also educate them on the ingredients and the cooking process behind their meals.

He also urged parents not to instill fear in their children about exams because such negative motivations are not helpful in the long run.