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Exams give Maharashtra the jitters.

Byline: Pamela Raghunath

Mumbai The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations began yesterday amid concern over the spate of student suicides in Maharashtra. The onus is on educational authorities, college principals and counsellors to ensure that students remained calm during the exams.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat appealed to students to stay calm.

"You have given so many exams and this too is just another one. Be confident. There is no need to be tense. Success in life is not all about how well you do in an exam," they said in a statement. Various helplines devoted to helping students in distress have been receiving calls for umpteen reasons. "Most students wanted information on the time table, their exam centres and so on whilst some of them expressed their concern over failure in exams," Johnson Thomas of Aasra Helpline, told Gulf News.

Many were also frustrated they could not get through to the helpline set up by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

"That is because the lines were overloaded by hundreds of calls from students," V. S. Mhatre, secretary, Mumbai Division, said. "Our counsellors have been working on shifts from 7am to 9 pm to talk to students tensed up over the exams."

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Feb 24, 2010
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