A survey of 740 school and college students from the city has found that one third of those surveyed experienced stress due to academics.
Conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), the survey was commissioned in January 2010 by the state government after a spate of student suicides. The survey report was submitted last week.
The study included 330 students from private schools, 270 from civic schools and 140 students from colleges, all in the age group of 14 to 18 years.
“What students complained about most is that the education system is boring. We found that they have no one to go to with their problems. Young people need counselors,” said Katy Gandevia, professor at the TISS’ Centre for Health and Mental Health, who conducted the study.
The survey found that 35% college students feared exams compared to 25% school students. College students also complained about lack of feedback from teachers, with 37% stating that their teachers never praised them.
Feedback on classroom teaching was that 80% school students were satisfied with the method of teaching compared to 67% college students.