With exams knocking on the doors, the pre-examination counselling for students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) -affiliated schools and their parents began at the beginning of this month and will continue up to April 22.
This is the 19th consecutive year that CBSE will provide psychological counselling services to students at the time of preparation as well as during the examinations to overcome exam-related stress. The CBSE annual counselling is an outreach programme, designed to cater to the heterogeneity of students’ population and geographical spread. Multiple modes of communication such as telephonic counselling, question-answer columns in newspapers and online counselling through CBSE website are used to reach out to the students during this phase.
CBSE tele-counselling: It is offered by principals and trained counselors from within the CBSE-affiliated schools located within and outside India.
It is a voluntary, free of cost service provided by the participants. This year, 76 principals, trained counselors from CBSE-affiliated government and private schools and few psychologists will participate in tele-counselling and address exam-related psychological problems of the students.
60 of them are available in India, while 16 are located in Nepal, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Oman, Al Khobar), UAE (Sharjah, Dubai, Ras Al-Khaimah) and Kuwait.
Centralised toll-free access in India: Students can dial a toll free number 1800 11 8004 from any part of the country which will give centralised access to Central Board of Secondary Education helpline.
While the general queries will be answered by the operators, students will be connected to the principals or counselors in case of exam related anxiety or stress. The tele-helpline is operational from 08am to 10pm.
Counselling for differentlyabled children: The board has arranged to provide counseling to differently-abled children to provide solutions to their needs and anxieties.
Question-answer columns: CBSE experts will answer queries of students through weekly question/answer columns, to be published in major national newspapers during the month of February.
Online counseling: For online counselling firstname.lastname@example.org and sugandh. email@example.com can be contacted.
CBSE website: Information related to examinations and techniques to cope with exam related anxiety is also provided at the CBSE website www.cbse. nic.in.
The examination for 10th standard will begin from March 1 and end on March 28. For the 12th standard, the exams commence on March 1 and culminate on April 22.