Lahore exams and World Cup matches -Â Students upset as World Cup coincides with exams
Lahore, Feb 22, 2011: Students who love cricket are keen to watch their favourite cricket teams in action in the cricket World Cup 2011 despite their annual examinations. Students had shown their frustration over the fact that no matches were being held in Pakistan.
Usually, annual examinations are held in March every year in Pakistan. Thousands of matriculation students are upset because of the overlap of their exam date sheet and cricket World Cup schedule.
A conflict between parents and children is on the rise over whether to watch the World Cup matches or to prepare for exams.
A student of grade 10, Hamza, said, “My parents have declared that there will be no matches for me. They are getting ready to pack up the TV.” He added that he had requested his parents if he could just get the updates of the ongoing matches, but his parents even rejected that. “To make matters worse, my parents are on the lookout and have forbidden me to use my cell phone, so that I don’t receive updates of matches,” he added.
Hamza said that he really wanted cricket matches to be held in Pakistan. “I really wished to see the matches live in the stadium but unfortunately the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not allow matches in Pakistan due to security reasons,” he added.
But not everyone is giving up without a fight. Mudassir, a class 11 student, has his battle plan ready. “Me and my parents have worked out a plan. They have agreed to allow me to watch the last overs of Pakistan’s matches.” He added that he had already told his parents that all study and no leisure will not be good for him. “Watching TV, especially cricket, will ease the exam tension,” he said.
He further added that he wishes luck to the Pakistan cricket team. He said, “I wish that Pakistan would win this World Cup the same way it won the T20 World Cup in 2008.”
Another cricket lover and student of class 10, Rida, said, “As most of the matches would be day-night matches, I have changed my study schedule to give more time during the day for the preparations of my exams. I have also planned to view the exciting parts of the matches, especially the slog overs and power plays if not the complete match.”
She complained about the deteriorating law and order situation of the country, which took away from Pakistan the opportunity to co-host the World Cup. Rida hoped that international cricket matches would restart in Pakistan.
One can almost hear their collective complain, especially as parents and teachers are known to put a lot of stress on academics. The parents and teachers, meanwhile, are in no mood to relent.
A secondary school teacher, Hassaan said, “In no way can the students afford to take exams lightly because it could alter the course of their future. Parents would guide their children in a proper manner during this period.” He said that parents had to stop their children from watching matches but should at least allow them to get match updates.
The much-awaited cricketing extravaganza started on Saturday and it would continue until April. Being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, cricket fans are in for a treat spread for 49 days.
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