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Flunked exam? NGO says not to lose heart

Imphal, May 22: Kangujam Karnajit, director of World Fund for Youth, an Imphal-based youth organisation, has been encouraging students who failed in this year’s matric and higher secondary school examinations, to try harder next time.

Karnajit, who is a leading campaigner for voluntary blood donation as the head of Club25 International, Manipur unit, has decided to encourage students who secured the lowest marks by giving them cash awards and guidance so they can be successful next time.

As part of its scheme, The World Fund for Youth will give cash awards to at least 100 candidates who secured the lowest marks in the two exams.

This year, out of the 33,876 students who appeared in matric, 10,891 failed. Similarly, out of the 22,522 candidates in the higher secondary exam, 5,204 failed.

“We like to encourage the worst performers to work harder and become successful in the next exam,” Karnajit said.

This is the second time non-government organisations are encouraging failed candidates. In July 2012, R.K. Visworjit, founder instructor of Animal Gym — a fitness hub at Khoyathong here — distributed Rs 3,000 each to 17 candidates who secured the lowest marks in matric that year.

“We did a survey on the outcome of the Animal Gym’s endeavour and we found that some of the recipients of the cash award indeed passed in the next exam. This finding has encouraged us to do the same,” Karnajit said.

Karnajit and his team also met the students and their parents to know why they failed in the exam.

The team found at least 10 causes for failure, which include bad company, lack of quality teaching, less study hours, economic condition of the parents and the prevailing situation in the state.

“Society is made up of winners and losers. We cannot ignore the latter, if we have to maintain order in society. If we ignore the losers, there will be more chaos and upheavals in society,” he said.

Karnajit and his team would regularly monitor the progress of the recipients of the cash award, which will be distributed on June 22.

This endeavour is a departure from the Manipur culture of giving cash rewards to top successful candidates. The state government honours exam toppers every year, while ministers, MLAs and local clubs honour top ranking students of their respective areas.

Karnajit appealed to ministers, MLAs and local clubs to also support students who failed so they could produce an improved performance in the future.