Bengaluru, June 2 (IANS) The anxiety among Class 10 and 12 students, parents and teachers in Karnataka continues as state Education Minister, S. Suresh Kumar on Wednesday said that the government would soon take a suitable decision on whether to hold Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) (Class 10) and second-year Pre-University (Class 12) examinations.In a statement, the Minister said that discussions are underway with teachers, education experts and parents in this regard and an appropriate decision will be taken soon keeping in mind the health of the children and their future.Confusion over conducting examinations for these two crucial classes has been prevailing in the state, ever since the several state boards and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) announced their decision to cancel the Class 10 board exams.The Karnataka minister had, however, continuing to maintain that the state wants to conduct examinations for both Class 10 and 12 students.Kumar, during the meeting of Education Ministers of all states organised by the Union government last month, had contended it was necessary to hold exams for Class 12 students in some way as they prepare for professional courses.Finally, in a bid to put an end to anxiety among students, parents and teachers, the Union government on Tuesday decided to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams amid the continuing Covid pandemic across the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that the decision has been taken in the interest of students.Following this, several states too have cancelled their own board exams too.On the other hand, Karnataka has postponed examinations for Class 10 and 12 exams many times.Kumar on April 20 had asserted that the examinations for SSLC were scheduled to begin on June 21 and this time these examinations would neither be cancelled nor be postponed and it will be held in the state as scheduled from June 21 to July 5.However, after coming under flak, Karnataka had not only postponed the second year PUC or Class 12 final examinations but decided to promote first-year PUC students.Given the circumstances, even the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2021, which is held for Engineering admission, was also postponed on May 12.Karnataka schools are currently observing summer vacation, which will continue till June 14. The new academic year will begin on June 15.However, high school teachers had been instructed to conduct revision classes for Class 10 students. Summer vacation for high school teachers is till May 31.The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) holds the Class 10 board examinations, and the Karnataka Pre-University Examination Board (KPUEB) is responsible for conducting board examinations for Class 12 in multiple streams - humanities, commerce and science. --IANSnbh/vd
London, May 14 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that his country is "anxious" about the coronavirus variant detected in India and the government is "ruling nothing out" to tackle its spread."We want to make sure that we take all the prudential, all the cautious steps now that we could take," Xinhua news agency quoted Johnson as saying to Sky News on Thursday."So there are meetings going on today to consider exactly what we need to do," he said.Johnson's remarks came in the wake of spikes of new variants in some areas in Britain. Scientists have raised concerns that the current vaccines may be less effective against the new variants.The consortium of scientists studying new variants in the country, COG-UK, has identified a total of 1,723 cases of the Indian variant known as B1617.2.Although some of these will be duplicates, it is more than triple Public Health England's confirmed figure last week of 520, according to Sky News.However, Johnson said the easing of lockdown will go ahead as planned for now.The Prime Minister said he "can see nothing that dissuades me from thinking we'll be able to go ahead on Monday and indeed on June 21 everywhere" in terms of easing coronavirus restrictions in England."I think we have to wait a little bit longer to see how the data is looking but I am cautiously optimistic about that and provided this Indian variant doesn't take off in the way some people fear, I think certainly things could get back much, much closer to normality," he said.Johnson confirmed on Monday that the lockdown in England will be further lifted from next week.From May 17, pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be permitted to open indoors, while indoor entertainment will also resume, including cinemas, museums and children's play areas.People in England will be allowed to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people, and meet indoors in groups of up to six or as two households.Meanwhile, all remaining accommodation including hotels, hostels and B&Bs can also reopen, according to Johnson.The British government's roadmap is expected to see all legal limits on social contact to be removed on June 21.However, some experts believe more urgent action is needed to tackle the situation.--IANSksk/
Singapore, Jan 28 (IANS) One in every three adults, particularly women, younger adults and those of lower socioeconomic status, are experiencing psychological distress related to Covid-19, a new study suggests.The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, indicates that women are more likely to experience psychological distress than men is consistent with other global studies that have shown that anxiety and depression are more common in women."The lower social status of women and less preferential access to healthcare compared to men could potentially be responsible for the exaggerated adverse psychosocial impact on women," according to the researchers, including Tazeen Jafar from the Duke-NUS in Singapore.For the study, the team performed a meta-analysis of 68 studies conducted during the pandemic, encompassing 2,88,830 participants from 19 countries, to assess risk factors associated with anxiety and depression among the general population.They found that, among the people most affected by Covid-19-related anxiety or depression, women, younger adults, individuals of lower socioeconomic status, those living in rural areas and those at high risk of Covid-19 infection were more likely to experience psychological distress.Younger adults, aged 35 and under, were more likely to experience psychological distress than those over the age of 35. Although the reasons for this are unclear, previous studies have suggested that it might be due to younger people's greater access to Covid-19 information through the media. This current study also confirmed that longer media exposure was associated with higher odds of anxiety and depression, the researchers said.Other factors associated with psychological distress included living in rural areas; lower education, lower income or unemployment; and being at high risk of Covid-19 infection. However, having stronger family and social support and using positive coping strategies were shown to reduce the risk of psychological distress."Understanding these factors is crucial for designing preventive programmes and mental health resource planning during the rapidly evolving Covid-19 outbreak," Jafar said.--IANSvc/in
Amaravati, Nov 5 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh government has directed all state universities to set up campus counselling cells to help the Covid anxious students, as the pandemic has disrupted their education, careers and future plans."We have noticed that a lot of students are scared about their future, thinking Covid can damage their chances of being successful. They need to be told that their careers aren't in danger and that the government and the departments stand with them," said special chief secretary Satish Chandra.He said some students carry the baggage of stress caused by the Covid lockdown and the pandemic outbreak."Mental health is as important as physical health for a student who aims to do well. Due to the same, as per the directions of the chief minister, we have undertaken this initiative with the aim of getting such students back to the right path," he said.The state government has recognized that the psychological impact of Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown has been a matter of much deliberation across the world.According to officials, student community happens to be one of the most vulnerable sections amid turbulent times such as the pandemic, leading to emotional turmoil and putting their careers at stake."As a step towards addressing the same, the government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to actively help the students deal with their psychological issues emerging out of financial and career oriented as well as any other forms of stress which could push them into a pessimistic sphere," said an official.The department of higher education has been directed to tell all the universities in the state to set up a counselling cell on campus."Highly qualified psychology professors, a lot of whom have at some point been practicing counsellors will be responsible for addressing the issues of students in order to bring them back to the right path," added the official.Students across the board lost as many as five months of physical classes as they were suspended from March 26, sending their academic years into a tailspin.--IANSsth/rt
Around 49 percent of the youth are not comfortable sharing their feelings with their parents while 68 percent of them struggle the most with talking about relationship issues, reveals a new survey.
Importantly, 53 percent of them also feel that keeping things to themselves builds stress and anxiety, said the survey conducted by Shaadi.com.
The survey reflects the mindset of the youth today, when it comes to opening up to their parents and the flip side - what parents think about their relationship with their children.
It further revealed that generation gap was leading to a communication gap, with it being among the top two reasons that they are unable to have these conversations with their parents.
Around 70 percent of the youth stated that they would like to talk about their feelings with their parents and have a more open relationship.
On the other hand, when asked to parents about their relationship, 92 percent parents said their children are completely free to have conversations with them.
And while the youth felt there was a generation gap, 72 percent parents did not feel that the generation gap made it difficult to communicate with their kids, added the survey.
The data revealed that 42 percent of the parents hadn't been in a relationship before and hence might find it hard to empathise with their children.
Commenting on this, Adhish Zaveri, Director - Marketing, Shaadi.com said: "In India, the family is still the most important source of care and support for singles.
Unfortunately, as we've seen in the study, the generation gap between parents and children often translates into a communication gap.
Being able to talk about relationship matters freely can help alleviate anxiety and offer comfort. With our Shaadi Cares initiative, we're urging parents to open-up to their children, so that they can too."
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) With the Government now announcing unlocking of the country in three planned phases, citizens are getting anxious due to the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases, according to a survey by Local Circles.The survey found that from Lockdown 1.0 (March 25) to Unlock 1.0 (June 1), there has been a 166 per cent rise in number of Indians who are feeling anxious or worried. While 56 per cent people are now feeling anxious or worried, 21 per cent felt that way in April. A 79 per cent citizens feel that Unlock 1.0 will lead to significant increase in COVID-19 cases.People feel that enough testing is not being done by the Government due to which a large number of cases are still going unnoticed.Local Circles received several complaints where an asymptomatic individual was denied testing with reasons cited as not enough kits or that they have been told only to test people with severe symptoms.Some citizens are increasingly feeling that the daily positive cases being reported are being controlled by some local administrations and State Governments by reducing the number of tests conducted so their district or state doesn't have to report high numbers.When the curve in many countries has started to flatten, India is still witnessing record single-day spikes in the number of patients.India has now overtaken Spain to become the 5th worst-hit country by Coronavirus, with the numbers of infected crossing 2,50,000.LocalCircles conducted a survey to get a citizen pulse on how they are feeling about the opening up of most activities. The survey received over 17,000 votes from 211 districts of the country.Citizens were asked with COVID-19 cases in India hitting new peaks each day, how do they feel about opening up of most activities via Unlock 1.0.In response, 27 per cent said it will likely lead to significant uptick in cases and complete lockdown should have been implemented in High Virus Load districts to control the virus, while 52 per cent said it will likely lead to significant uptick in cases but we as a nation do not have the option of staying locked any more. A 12 per cent said that the peak is almost here, and cases will reduce from here so unlocking makes sense. Only 6 per cent said that we shouldn't have locked down in the first place at all and just learned to live with the risk of the virus.This means that 79 per cent citizens feel that Unlock 1.0 will lead to a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases in India. While, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi have so far been leading the infamous chart of having the most number of COVID-19 cases in the country, several other states have seen major surge as well.People were also asked what best describes how they currently feel. A 56 per cent said they were anxious or worried, only 1 per cent said they were bored, 10 per cent said they were thankful, 25 per cent said they were calm or peaceful, while 4 per cent said they were excited.After the migration of workers returned from bigger cities to their native places, new cases are increasingly getting reported from rural areas. The comparison of the current numbers with those from early April when Lockdown 1.0 was in place pan India, show that the percentage of citizens that are feeling worried or anxious has risen by 166 per cent between Lockdown 1.0 and Unlock 1.0, which shows the state of mental trauma and agony the fear of catching the virus coupled with testing and hospital accessibility is making people go through.The situation in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai seems to be the worst as reported by citizens in these cities.In Delhi, Local Circles said several cases have come to light where the helplines could not be reached, the hospitals bed availability was drastically different than what was advised on the helpline or the website of Delhi Government.Some private hospitals have also been reported to charge an upfront amount of Rs 3 lakh before even admission despite the various Government advisories and orders.Several State Governments have reportedly started directing people to home quarantine for Covid-19 patients with no or very mild symptoms in a bid to ensure that enough beds are available for critical care patients.The survey results clearly point to the fact that with the Central and State Governments implementing Unlock 1.0, 56 per cent citizens are feeling worried or anxious, a 166 per cent rise from how they felt in early April during Lockdown 1.0.The survey said the need to the hour is for Government to evaluate if Unlock 1.0 makes sense for every district or the high virus load districts like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, etc. must be treated differently.Also, a serious plan needs to be drawn upon how the healthcare system should be scaled effectively if the daily case load rises from 11,000 to 20,000 within a few weeks."A clear message also needs to be put out stating "the lockdown has ended, the pandemic hasn't and it is getting worse" for there is a sizable group who feels Corona has ended with the lockdown ending," Local Circles said.--IANSsan/in