The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in India has started the psychological counselling program for students and parents ahead of the 2024 board exams. The practical exams for Class 10 and 12 have already begun, while the theory exams will start on February 15. The program aims to equip students with tools and techniques to effectively manage exam stress. This program has been running since 1998, and this year marks its 26th edition. The counselling program is conducted in two phases – before the examination and after the result – to ensure that students remain stress-free throughout the process.
CBSE has also utilized various platforms to engage with students, including YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, to provide important information and support. They have also made audio-visual content available on topics like aggression, depression, internet addiction disorder, and examination stress.
The counselling program offers several key features, including IVRS facilities round the clock, where students and parents can access key contact details, FAQs, and stress-free exam preparation tips. Bilingual podcasts on exam preparation and stress management are available on the CBSE website. Additionally, tele-counselling services are offered by trained counsellors, special educators, and principals from CBSE schools.
The psychological counselling for students especially before board exams is crucial as it recognizes the importance of mental well-being during the examination period. By providing students and parents with support and guidance, the board is ensuring that students can perform at their best without being overwhelmed by stress.