Lucknow: In view of the postponement of the Class XII board exams due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, students preparing to go abroad for higher studies are in a dilemma.
“Postponing the board examinations further will have a rippling effect on the careers because delayed examination will lead to delayed results. This will adversely affect the students’ plans to prepare for competitive tests and secure admissions for Undergraduate (UG) degree programs in overseas colleges and universities, where the exams and classes might not get postponed because their classes and exams are being conducted via online platform,” Raj Kishore Dutta, whose son is seeking admission in computer science course in the US, was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
The academic calendar in the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK commences in September. If the board exams are conducted and the results are declared in time, it would allow students to apply to most of the foreign universities.
None of these countries have deferred the admission process yet. Vanshika Singh, who will be doing a bakery and confectionary course in Switzerland and has secured admission in Lucerne, is worried.
“I have to clear my board examinations and then I do not know whether flights will open up by the time I have to go. My entire future depends on the pandemic because European countries are very strict about pandemic rules,” she told the agency.
Vanshika’s cousin Arpit Singh is facing a similar predicament. He is slated to travel to Germany in August for a masters’ degree in automobile engineering. Arpit is more worried about the travel restrictions.
“I have managed an admission with great difficulty and cannot let it go,” Arpit said.