Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today said the Centre has taken the issue of students' suicide seriously and a number of steps have been taken to reduce examination related stress.
Admitting that the suicides committed by students are a matter of great concern, Sibal said that various socio-economic factors contribute to the stress and anxiety among students, specially the school children.
Eyeing upon a memorable step taken to curtail students' suicide, Sibal said there would be no Class 10 board examinations from the academic year 2011.
Among the other measures proposed to de-stress school children, Sibal said there would be the introduction of a grading system at school level, students and their parents will be provided counselling sessions and students appearing for exams would be allotted 15 minutes extra time to read the question paper before attempting it.
Sibal claimed the premier Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has taken several measures to reduce the academic strain on weak students through special slow pace programme, mentoring programmes and providing facilities for psychiatric interventions.
The Central Government has also taken specific measures to check anti-ragging including sensitizing the various stakeholders with the help of the media.
Anti-ragging help line has also been made with call facilities in english, hindi and other regional languages.