World cup versus exams

HYDERABAD: In a land where cricket itself is a religion followed by everyone, students surely would find it difficult to strike a balance between the game and their books.

City parents are worried with exams coming near and have decided to come up with various techniques to stop their child from getting glued to the TV screens.

“I have already disconnected the cable connection at my place for the next two months. Since there won’t be a source of distraction, my kids will automatically stick to their books rather than watching cricket on TV,” opines a parent of two, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Some parents may not be as extreme to cut off the connection but try to strike a deal with their little ones.

“I had a long chat with my son. We finally struck a deal that if he manages to keep himself away from the cricket fever and score well in the upcoming exams, I will purchase him a new bike,” says Harjeet Singh (name changed), father of an 8th standard student.

While some parents believe that cutting at source is the best solution, others believe in making their child understand the gravity of studies so the child develops a sense of responsibility.

“In 2003, when I was writing my exams and the World Cup was on, I totally wanted to watch Sachin bat. This year, my brother is going to face the same dilemma - books or cricket. I would not force him to study day in and day out because I think he is mature enough to make a sensible choice. I will suggest him to pitch in some extra hours of study before the match, so he can enjoy the match later,” opines Abijeet Duddala, brother of a 10th standard student, who is preparing for his board exams in March.

While the situation may get difficult at home for parents to manage, it may not be that easy in schools either. Teachers hope they would be able to divert students’ minds from cricket and keep them glued to their books at least during school hours.

“I will surely try my best to see that my students spend their time in school studying and not sulking over cricket matches. But, it is a bigger task as parent. At home I have to make sure that my kids don’t go overboard with cricket and strike a healthy balance,” said a teacher and parent.
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