The students of government schools in the city have to cope up with lack of counsellors. There are just 25 of them to cater to the over one lakh students in 104 government schools here.
The clock is ticking and there's only a month left for the final examination. In such circumstances, the students are left to combat stress and study-related problems all by themselves.
Counsellors were appointed in the academic session of 2007-08 to counsel students whenever they needed. But even these 25 counsellors don't work full time. Some of them are employed on a part-time basis.
Each therapist has to provide counselling in three-four schools everyday. In such a situation, it is not possible to give proper time to every child.
Requesting anonymity, a government school principal said, "We do have a counsellor but neither does he turn up regularly, nor motivate and guide children properly."
Anju Sharma, a parent, said, "My son is in Class VII. He is stressed out these days due to the final examination. Though the therapist talked to him, he did not get regular counselling, due to which there is no improvement in his state of mind.
Counsellors too feel that their small number inhibit them from giving ample time to students. Talking to HT, a counsellor said, “As I have to cover five schools, I decided on a day for each school. I can give proper counselling to only three-four students a day. It is not possible for us to make regular visits and this hampers the effect of counselling.”
DPI Schools Samwarthak Singh said he had asked the DEO to prepare and submit a report in this regard. “Once I have the report in hand, I will talk to the administration to provide us sufficient number of counsellors under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.”