In 2015, 1360 children under 18 years committed suicide due to failure in the examination which is 23 times more than poverty. While 904 deaths occurred due to illness.
Examinations are known to be a stressful time for students and it is one of the major reason of student suicides. According to the latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau, suicides due to failure in examination stands ninth among causes of suicide during 2015.
In such an atmosphere, it becomes necessary for the examination boards to hold counseling for students to deal with the stressful time of examination.
Central Board of Secondary Education like past 21 years, started the pre-examination counseling session this year as well. The CBSE annual counseling is an outreach programme which caters to the heterogeneous student’s population and vast geographical spread.
Despite the number of suicides among students under the age of 18 being highest, most of the state and national boards do not have counseling programs. “The counselling s very much important because the student learns how to manage their stress during their exam and how-to priorities their syllabus for example which chapters are to be learnt first based on their intelligence level and also to make them understand of their potential and strengths so that they can balance their life,” said Dr Nisha Khanna
However, most of the state and national boards are not equipped with a separate program which caters to student counseling. “We don’t have any specific setup for counseling of students, schools themselves take the initiative and it depends on their management to hold or not such counseling”, said Mr. Sharma, administrator, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.
Similarly, “Uttar Pradesh board does not have any channel through which it conducts counseling of the students”, said Senior finance account officer, UP Board.
On the other hand, Directorate of Education, Government of India provides counselors for students of Goa Board. “We have appointed counselor to every school in Goa. One counselor has been given to three schools and they visit these schools twice a week”, Vasisastharam Balshekharan, administrator, Directorate of education, the government of India.