How to select subjects in 10+2?
One of the most challenging periods of students’ life is the period when they are in their high school which is the tenth year and the +1/2 level. Basically they are at the crossroads of life and extremely indecisive about the path they should follow. A lot of people give them a number of opinions and vies but taking a decision is very difficult. Sometimes it is the parents who take control and decide for their children. This is a good idea only if the decision taken is in collaboration with the child as it is the child who has to face the consequences good or bad of the decision taken. A wrong decision can ruin the life of the child for ever as it can badly affect not only professional life but also personally the child will grow up completely frustrated and discouraged. So the subject selection at the high school level when the child is preparing to get into a profession and training needs to be done very correctly and precisely.
Why is choosing the right subject important for life?
Subject selection is very important because it is what makes or breaks an individual’s life. Moreover, once you have opted for a subject and gone through the two years of study you might not be able change it as it would mean wasting years which are the most important years of your life. Basically how you score in your 10th grade should be able to help you decide on the right option.
There are many ways a child can make the right decision and they include:
Parental Guidance: A lot of parents force their wishes and ambitions on their children and this is a very wrong way to help children make the right decisions for their subject selection in the high school and +1/2 level. Parents should sit with their children and discuss their tenth scores analyze the scores and find out how they were able to score more in some subjects and less in others. Was it their aptitude in a particular subject that helps them to score more? Did they spend more time on the subject to study? Were there any external influences like good teachers, tuitions, guidance etc to help them score more or lack of it that brought in the low scores? Only on analysis of such questions can parents fully understand the child’s aptitude and interest and help them move forward with the right subject selection.
A Role Model: There are many students who already have a role model by the time they complete their schooling and at times the influence can be so strong that it can have its effect on the professional aspirations and ambitions of the child. So this needs to be looked into so that the child does not choose the wrong role model. Having a role model to follow and wanting to emulate the role model is definitely a good thing but it should be the right role model to choose.
Peer Pressure: the influence of peers in the school and outside make a great impact on the thought processes of the child and hence the onus is on the parents to find out more and be informed well about the peers and friends of their children. At times, good friends generate constructive friendship resulting in the right decision making in which subject selection also becomes a part. Peer pressure is a good thing to adopt in taking a decision regarding subject selection in the +1/2 level.
Other factors: there are many other factors that dictates the child’s subject selection and they include the aptitude and talent of the child, the child’s intelligence level, presence of important criteria in the child that is required for a particular profession, like language ability for a journalist’s job, physical fitness levels if going in for defense jobs, and many such factors.
( Educationist with more than 15 years expeience in India and Abroad. Presently He is serving the cause of education in Tanzania. You can send your responses to him at firstname.lastname@example.org)