Students will be able to call counsellors after they receive their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) results if they are feeling depressed and need someone to talk to.
The Maharashtra State board has, for the first time, tied up with seven private counsellors whom students can call once they receive their results. The board will declare the SSC results on Friday, it said on Wednesday.
Students will be able to access their results through SMS as well as online.
“If students feel psychologically disturbed then they can call and speak to the counsellors directly, and even meet them if they wish to,” said S Dhekane, secretary of the
board. “For administrative difficulties such as if the students have scored lower than they thought, they can contact the board and we will handle those issues.”
The counselling services will be available till the end of June. The board’s eight divisions will also begin to operate their helplines from Friday onwards, said Dhekane.
The Mumbai division’s helpline will however be functional from Thursday itself, said RR Bhise, the division’s secretary. It will be open from 10am to 7pm. The helpline was earlier open during the exams in March.
This year, 3.55 lakh students in Mumbai and 16.41 lakh students from across the state appeared for the SSC exams.
Students will be able to pick up their marksheets from their schools from June 27 onwards, said a press release from the board.
Those wishing to apply for reevaluation can do so before July 7, by submitting a fee and a copy of their marksheet to the board office in their division.
This year, the board will once again announce the SSC results in the Best-Five format.
The Supreme Court had in an interim order last year ruled that ICSE and SSC students would both be able to benefit from the policy.