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School forms an integral part of a student’s life with academics and extra-curricular activities playing an essential part. What is surprising is the fact that it could lead to increased stress levels for students themselves.

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), every hour a student commits suicide in India. What actually leads to this alarming number? Allow us to guide you through this dark aspect of the Indian education system.

Causes of Student Stress

  • Academic Pressure:

Academic Pressure

 

With cut-offs at colleges being set at 100%, there’s very little reason to not believe that academics isn’t the biggest contributor to student stress and anxiety. This stress is not just reserved for Board Classes of 10th and 12th, but has extended to kids as young as those in Class 5th and 6th.

Children at even this level are actually being asked to get into early coaching classes for IIT JEE preparation and work towards a goal that they haven’t dreamt of. In certain other cases, where students have learning disorders, this situation aggravates even further.

Academic Pressure

 

How can you address this?

  • Incorporate periodic teacher interventions where each student gets individualized attention where he or she can voice their concerns.
  • Introduce 10-minute Vipassana (Meditation) sessions before and after class sessions to increase focus and reduce stress levels for students. Read more about the importance of Meditation in schools here.
  • Connect with CBSE’s Student Helpline Number: 1800118004 for external guidance.
  • Have a special unit on campus to address the learning needs of children with special needs and learning problems. Read here to know more about it.
  • Conduct weekly sessions between students and your school’s psychological counsellor. The activity can be monitored by the school management and the student’s progress can be tracked over a period of time. Parents can be involved as an active participant in the same by sharing weekly updates with them.

 

  • Career pressure

Career and college concerns start plaguing a student’s mind as soon as they enter senior classes. The additional decisions that need to be taken such as stream selection, college applications and entrance tests to appear for, add to the list of things the student has to worry about.

Usually, an uncertainty about the future can affect even the brightest of students. Thus, this stress on its own is quite significant as it actually makes or breaks a student’s future.

Career Pressure

 

How can you address this?

  • Conduct career counselling sessions with students and their parents so as to have realistic expectations from day one.
  • Conduct workshops to make students aware of the different career options available, from traditional professions to upcoming ones. Read more on this here.
  • Train teachers to be better prepared to address career discussions within the classroom. By training teachers, students are sensitized to natural conversations on careers and can start planning in advance, rather than make last-minute decisions and compromised career choices. Through the Global Career Catalyst certification program from UCLA Extension, teachers can become catalysts in shaping their students’ future. Read more about this here.

 

  • Parental & Social Pressure:

It is extremely common for most students to have some experience where they’ve been compared to a certain Sharma ji ka beta. The dream of seeing their child successful usually drives parents to a point where only the end results matter.

Parental & Social Pressure

Friends and relatives have their own respective roles to play when it comes to adding on to the child’s share of pressures.  Relatives play the role of ‘advisors’ when it comes to making course and career choices. This advice is usually based on hearsay and not based on actual consideration of the child’s interest or aptitude. What this does is that it creates a vicious process of pressure for the child.

Parental & Social Pressure

 

How can you address this?

  • Invite parents for counselling sessions on campus where they can be updated on their ward’s progress and how his performance can be improved.
  • Teachers can incorporate clear and continuous communication strategies with parents to build trust. This resource will help teachers identify effective techniques to build communication with parents to promote student learning.
  • Arrange workshops to understand the types of peer pressure and how those can be identified and dealt with. This resource will help your educators be better prepared in mitigating this issue on campus.

 

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