Continuing its efforts to reach out to students getting ready for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Board exams, HT Education, with HT’s learning centre, Studymate and Expressions India, the National Life Skills, Values Education and School Wellness Programme organised its second academic and stress/anxiety counselling workshop of the exam season at Mount Abu Public School, Rohini.
Participating in interactive sessions on the occasion, students said that exam stress was compounded by friends, relatives and parents, especially when comparisons were made with peers. Many students had problems dealing with their parents’ expectations and match up to the high standards set by them. Dr Jitendra Nagpal, a senior psychiatrist at Moolchand Medcity, suggested that parents help their children by guiding and not controlling them. “Many students are unable to make a career choice on their own.Parents naturally need to be consulted before making appropriate career choices. Parents should participate in their choices, give children the freedom to make goals and achieve them,” he said.
Exam stress is very common and some students feel totally overwhelmed and distracted. It also reduces their efficiency and adversely affects performance. Children should be given the freedom to choose a career and set goals for themselves. As teachers and parents we should be there to facilitate them,” said Jyoti Arora, principal, Mount Abu Public School.