News : Helplines to Deal With Exam Stress
Bengaluru, India, March 4, 2016 -- Students who find themselves reeling under stress owing to examinations will soon have some help at hand, thanks to the initiatives of Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) and Pre-University Education (PUE) Department.
There will soon be dedicated helplines for students who are preparing for Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and second-year PU exams.
The PU II exams are scheduled to begin from March 11 and SSLC exams from March 30. Considering this, the PUE department will start the helpline from Monday and KSEEB by March 20.
According to official sources in both the departments, the helplines will be managed by academics, department officials and experts from NIMHANS and NGOs. The helpline numbers will be announced in a couple of days.
"As we need to get dedicated lines for the helplines, the numbers will be announced in the next three to four days," an official in the PUE department said.
In 2009, the state education department first decided to set up helplines during board exams and announcement of results. The initiative was taken following the increasing number of suicides by students.
"Since then, we have been providing helpline services every year. Thousands of students and even parents benefit from it," an official said.
An official who handled a helpline last year told Express, "We used to get many calls. Even parents used to call. Most calls were regarding time management, last-minute tension, poor concentrate, failure to remember and suicidal tendencies."
"Calls related to suicidal tendencies were handled by experts from NIMHANS and other NGOs. Issues like subject-related doubts and time management were answered by the department officials," the official explained.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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