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Beating examination stress: CBSE starts psychological counseling

Bengaluru: Examination season is around the corner. Issues related to examination stress could be crop up among any student. With the idea of helping the students in beating the examination stress and overcoming the various psychological issues, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) kick-started 41 days long psychological counselling on Thursday. This drive will continue till April 13.

According to Rama Sharma, Public Relation Officer (PRO), CBSE, for the 21st consecutive year CBSE is providing psychological counseling services to students at the time of preparation as well as during the examinations to overcome exam related stress. The Pre-Examination Psychological counselling for students and parents begun on Thursday and will continue up to 13th April 2018. “The CBSE annual counselling is an outreach programme which caters to the heterogeneous students’ population and a vast geographical network of schools,” she explained. 

Rama Sharma informed that under this initiative, students and parents will be provided counselling in numerous ways. CBSE-tele counselling is offered by Principals and trained counsellors from within CBSE affiliated schools located in and outside India. It is a voluntary, free of cost service provided by the participants.

“This year 91 Principals, trained Counsellors from CBSE affiliated government and private schools, few Psychologists and Special Educators will participate in Tele-Counselling and address exam related psychological problems of the students. 71 of them are available in India while 20 are located in Nepal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Al-Khobar), Sultanate of Oman, UAE (Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah), Kuwait, Singapore, Qatar and Japan,” she said.

“Students can also dial a toll-free number 1800 11 8004 from any part of the country which will give centralized access to CBSE helpline. While the general queries will be answered by the operators, students will be connected to the principals or counselors in case of exam related anxiety or stress. The tele helpline will be operational from 08 AM to 10 PM from 01st February to 13th April 2018 on all days,” she said.

Tele-Counselling for Differently Abled Students:  For the ninth year CBSE has arranged to provide counseling to differently abled students. FOur Special Educators are participating to take care of issues of differently abled students.

Question-Answer Columns - CBSE experts will answer queries of students through weekly Question-Answer columns to be published in major national newspapers during the month of February.

Rama Sharma also informed that online queries will also be replied at counselling.cecbse@gmail.com.  “ On our website easy to follow advises to cope with exam-related anxiety will also be available. Students could log on to www.cbse.nic.in through micro link helpline,” she said.

According to the experts, CBSE’s move must be followed by other examination boards also. “Compare to the CBSE and ISC/ICSE students, it is the other board students who are facing a lot of stress-related issues. Pre and Post examination, these students take extreme steps in more numbers compared to the CBSE or ICSE/ISC students. Unfortunately, except helpline, these boards have no facility to support the students to come out of their examination blues,” says Amrita Kudige, a student counselor.

 

 “Most of the state boards including state SSLC examination board has no proper interactive website to help the students to cope with the examination stress. While CBSE has roped in large numbers of school principals to help students, state boards have no such facility. It is really sad,” she said.

 

According to Kumar Swamy, a psychologist from the Bengaluru, pre and post examination counseling are the need of the hour in recent years to ensure that students will not face any examination blues. “Generally we get more number of students seeking help in the examination season. Most of them are visiting us with complaints like difficult to recall the subjects in the examination hall, tension, unable to write answers etc. Many students never reveal their problems to the parents or meet the counselors which may adversely affect their performance in the examination. So, I appreciate this initiative. Even the state boards also must start such exercise in a scientific way,” he concluded.

 

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