School Board Opens Phone Helpline Before Exams
Central Board of Secondary Examinations has began its first phase of counselling
pupils who are appearing for their grade 10 and grade 12 board examinations that
are expected to begin next month.
willing to take advantage of the helpline can call the Indian High School in
Dubai at 04-3377475.
helpline aims to assist pupils in overcoming examination related stress. It will
be functional till March 31.
Grade 10 examinations are scheduled to start from March 3 while that of Grade 12
will begin from March 1.
are over 30 schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Examinations
(CBSE) in the UAE.
to a press statement issued by the board, the helpline is designed keeping in
mind the heterogeneity of pupil population and geographical spread. The helpline
is in operation for the eleventh year.
tele-counselling is free and is offered by trained counsellors and principals of
CBSE affiliated schools.
to Gulf News, pupils who are appearing for the examinations this year
said anxiety prior to the examinations often leads to forgetfulness.
said expectations from families to bag excellent grades are stressful.
Hussain, a pupil, said it becomes quite stressful when his parents push him to
get distinctions in all subjects.
said: "They are very supportive but often it becomes a prestige for parents
when their child gets a distinction in more than one subject. For example if a
child fails to get good scores the parents feel dejected. This should not be the
case. They should understand that their child has done his best."
Jetwani, a pupil of grade 12, added that her parents are quite relaxed about the
said: "I think somewhere they are aware that if they keep nagging me it
might make me more tense. I have been an above average pupil and I am sure to do
well in the coming board examinations. I put in more than seven hours of study
time every day."
were also those pupils who felt a helpline for parents should be established as
well. "I am confident that I will do well ... but my parents think
otherwise. They tend to be more stressed about the board exam than me,"
said Gunjan, a grade 12 pupil.