CHANDIGARH: With Board exams nearing the anxiety levels of class X and XII students preparing for board exams are on the rise and to help students cope well with the situation Central Board for Secondary education will launch its pre-examination counselling for students and parents on Monday, February 2. The facility will continue till April 20.
There will be four ways in which students as well as parents can reach out for a helping hand at CBSE. They can use the option of Tele-counselling, Question-Answer columns, online counseling and CBSE website.
This year 72 Principals, trained counsellors from CBSE affiliated government and private schools and few psychologists will participate in Tele-Counselling and address exam related psychological problems of the students. 62 of them are available in India while 10 are located in Nepal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar, Sultnate of Oman), UAE (Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah) and Kuwait.
From city there are two counselors, rakesh Sachdeva principal DAv 15 and Madhu behl, principal KBDAV-7 who cater to calls not just from Chandigarh but from the entire country. Talking about what kind of queries Sachdeva said, “The students and parents are full of anxiety during these days as exams are heading. Where students want to know how they can memorize well parents want to know that how to get their wards to study. Though the designated time is 3.00pm to 4.00pm we get calls day and night. The rush remains the same until the exams begin.”
This is the 18th 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 which is carefully designed keeping 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 more and more examinees during this phase.
How to reach out
1. Tele-Couselling service- This is offered by trained counselors and Principals from within CBSE affiliated schools located in and outside India. It is a voluntary, free of cost service provided by the participants.
Centralized Toll Free Access in India– Students can dial a toll free number 1800 11 8004 from any part of the country which will give centralized access to CBSE 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.
Counselling for Specially Able Children for the sixth year CBSE has arranged to provide counselling to specially able children to take care of the needs and anxiety of special children.
2. Question-Answer Columns- Experts will answer queries of students through weekly question answer columns to be published in national newspapers during the month of February.
3. Online Counselling— For On-line counselling firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com can also be contacted.
4. CBSE website— Information related to examinations and techniques to cope with exam related anxiety is also provided at the CBSE website http://www.cbse.nic.in through micro link-Helpline.
Chandigarh Counsellors contact
Rakesh Sachdeva Principal DAV-15—9855613484 Madhu Bahl, Principal KBDAV-07— 9417006590 Time—3.00pm to 4.00pm
CBSE exam dates-
Class X- March 2 Class XII— March 2