In an Endeavor to help students deal with pre-exam stress and to clarify any related doubts, the Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE) is going to start Psychological Counselling service for students and parents, as well from 1 February till 17 April 2014.
The annual counselling which will be held for the 17th consecutive year will stay open in both pre-examination and during examination period. The CBSE counselling will be a voluntary effort which will be free of cost, open for CBSE affiliated schools, located in both India and Abroad.
The annual counselling programme aiming to overcome exam related stress among students will be held using various modes of communication such as telephonic counselling, Question Answers columns in newspapers and online counselling through CBSE website. Any medium can be opted as per the student’s and guardian’s convenience, to reach out to CBSE Counsellers with their respective concerns.
For this year’s counselling session, 59 Principals have received the training from CBSE to address the exam related psychological problems of the examinees. Out of them, 49 Principals will help Indian students ,while remaining 10 will serve in other countries such as Nepal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar, Riyadh), Japan, UAE (Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah) and Kuwait. In addition to the trained Principals, few Psychologists will also participate in the Tele- Counselling Programme.
Students can dial the centralized CBSE Counselling toll free number 1800 11 8004 from any part of the country, and upon request, the operator can connect the caller directly to the councellor/Principal.
The examinees and Parents if want can also mail directly their queries and concerns to ‘CBSE On-line counselling’ by dropping a mail at: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furthermore, CBSE will also publish expert’s answers to the queries of students in the weekly question answer columns which will be published in National Dailies such as Hindustan Times including HT Main and HT Horizon (Education), Malyalam Manorama and Amar Ujala during the month of February 2014.
The students can also make use of the ‘Helpline’ tab in the CBSE official website: www.cbse.nic.in, to know how to deal with the exams and to read the techniques, to cope with exam related anxiety.
CBSE has also made a special provision to counsel the ‘Specially-abled Children’ to settle their concerns and to take care of the needs of special children.