Often, elders say that the life of a student cum child is very easy and we have no stress other than work; however, this is far from reality. Children do not just have to study but also face much other pressure like peer pressure, pressures from an academic, social, and commercial perspective, etc.
So as a child, kid or teenager (for easiness I will write students) we are made to believe different things and behave differently. From the age of a toddler to almost 5 years, we are almost treated like a prince with no responsibilities, no care of the world, and a huge list of ‘no’.
Our relatives say things like “he has reached 2 still he can’t speak, Sharma Ji’s son could speak from the age of 1 (like is he a demigod or what)”. When will he go to school he is so big!” and xyz. Also many children, especially girls, often do not reach the age of 5. Besides this, things are said to our parents, and most children don’t have to listen to this.
But as soon as we turn 5, we are introduced to many changes, we are suddenly treated like we’re big now. This is just one type of family. The other type of family treats their children like they are very small and calls them “babu, sona” till they turn 21. But first I’m going to tell you about what happens in the first type of family (like mine). So let’s go to the interesting part.
So yeah, for most of the children after the age of 5, we face a lot of challenges.
1. The Indian School System
The school system India believes that all children should get A+ or become a PhD holder. And if they are good in other fields like music, dance, sports then most parents, as well as teachers, feel that they should stop doing these works and focus only on studies as they can’t achieve anything except study.
The second thing which students have to face is that if they don’t know the answer to a question or can’t understand a thing, then they are shamed and told bad things.
For example, A was attending online classes with XYZ’s teacher. When XYZ asked A a question, A couldn’t answer it even when she had attended the online classes with full concentration. Then XYZ said to A, why did he/she attend class when she can’t understand anything. And then removed A.
The problem here is not that the teacher scolded A, but the problem is that she was removed even when she was not at fault. She was not even given an explanation for the question and this happens in almost all the schools in India except some high-end schools or a few convents. Do you think a student can study or understand anything without pressure when his whole attention is on mugging something?
2. Relatives (pados wali aunty, neighbour)
Well, many of you would have faced ‘pados wali aunties and uncles‘ (nosy neighbours). I personally have. They continuously pressurize our parents, and us about a number of things like marks. One of their common sentences is “Wo jo Sharma Ji ka ladka hai na use pure 99% aye hai, tere kitne aaye hai”. (Sharma ji’s beta got 99%, how much did you get?)
In later stages, when we intermingle with different genders then they act as if we have done some very bad things. Also, girls have to face a lot of other issues by ‘pados wali aunty‘ (the neighbour) but as I’m not a girl I can’t write about them.
Also, many of them are good too. There are other issues, too, like peer pressure, exam pressure, etc. You can read more such things on the news portal I’ve created.