Relief for stressed pupils and parents facing the upcoming Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams has come in the form of a 'hotline'. The telephone is being manned by volunteer school principals to help counsel students and relieve stress, according to local media reports.
The initiative was launched across the GCC on 1st February and the line will remain open until 17th April. The helpline started on February 1 and will remain open till April 17. In the UAE, M. Abubaker, Principal of Scholars Indian School, Ras Al Khaimah, has been assigned the counselling task.
190 individuals availed of the service last year and is part of a broad initiative by the CBSE to help students before and during the examination period. These include question and answer columns in newspapers as well as online counselling through the CBSE website.
The UAE helpline is 050 579 4542 and members of the public can also log on to the CBSE website and interact with the board chairman on exam-related issues.