Everything seemed to be falling in place for a 17 year old girl from the Lucknow city who was about to take her Plus-Two 12th public examinations in some weeks from now.
Teachers always had expected good results and she was also good in her studies. Her father had already secured her a seat in a private medical college. Her kife was going in a clear path without any concerns on the education front. Yet she decided to quit schooling and apply as a private and distance candidate through National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
The reason was clear, she could not hold the pressure to perform well and fell into depression state. The incident came to light when teachers and staff of School Education Department - whose nod was mandatory for issuing Transfer Certificates – made an enquiry with her parents. A senior official here says that Earlier if it was schools, which put pressure on students to keep up its name, now the role of parents in pressurising students is on the rise. This is the fourth instance in the past couple of weeks.
A very well renowned psychiatrist from Lucknow , Doctor Seema Khan says there is a steep rise in psychological problems among school students and especially those attending Board Exams of 10th or 12th. Parents disregard other merits like emotional intelligence which includes compassion, sharing and problem solving. Children were becoming victims to imaginative desires of parents where all want their student to beat all else in examination and boast about their son/daughter in their relatives presense. “For most parents now, the only goal is to earn money and indirectly they perceive their children as a money making machines nowadays. ,” the doctor says. Dr. Khan, who has been in the field of psychiatry for over her tho third part of her life, warns parents against providing both “reckless freedom and restricted freedom” to children. Parents must invest quality time in children and just not money, Seema adds.
Suraj Rawat, the SCERT psychologist for Delhi, Ghaziabad and Noida, says he comes across pupils who forget all answers on just seeing the question paper in the examination hall. Some had complained of feeling drowsy while many were just plain scared at the prospect of taking the public examinations. Many are also stuck with not being able to consume food with the feeling of Nausea.In many cases, students find out that they do not know the answer for the first question, then become nervous and waste nearly an hour trying to recall the answer before moving on to other questions. She advises students to thoroughly go over the question paper at least twice before starting the answers.
In a bid to tackle this issue, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has appointed mobile counselling psychologists across the state of Uttar Pradesh to help students to handle stress and improve academic performance.
She counsels around 300 Government school students per day and comes across students in fragile mental state and some even with suicidal tendencies. In such cases, she says that the teachers are instructed to continue motivating the student.
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