With HSC exams from Thursday, helpline numbers start ringing

With HSC examination beginning on Thursday, helpline numbers, which were declared on Tuesday, have already started ringing with nervous students as well as anxious parents making panic calls

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination begins on Thursday and the helpline numbers of the State Board which were declared on Tuesday have already started ringing with nervous students as well as anxious parents making panic calls.

While most of the parents are making technical inquiries such as clarity on examination centre or hall tickets and other specifications, students are sharing their stress with counselors.

Pawan Gaikwad, one of the counselors whose number is shared by the state board, told mid-day, "Most of the students are worrying about forgetting whatever they have learnt. Other questions are like what if they fail? What if they are not able to fulfill their parents' expectations among all. We are asking everybody to keep calm."

He also added that parents sometimes put pressure on children to talk to us. "When parents are scared and tense and do not understand what can be done at the last moment they call helpline and ask their wards to talk to us. This is very uncomfortable for children. But specially-trained counselors are attending to these calls so they know how to handle such situations without putting extra pressure on children," Gaikwad revealed.

Another counselor, Murlidhar More, said, "Parents also are very anxious about examinations. But their questions are mostly technical such as if their child is likely to fails in mathematics is there any other option? We ask them to shift to general mathematics. Similarly, they ask about issues like being able to locate the examination centre, regarding timetable, etc."

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