Published: 08th September 2022
Tamil Nadu helpline was unable to contact 32% NEET aspirants for psychological counselling
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, September 7, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the counsellors identified 587 candidates as highly stressed out of 1,45,988 candidates
State health helpline 104 was unable to reach out to 32% of students who appeared for NEET from Tamil Nadu this year, according to official sources, as stated in a report by The New Indian Express.
According to data from the health department, 1,45,988 candidates appeared for NEET-UG, 2022. The State has been providing psychological counselling for the last few years to all candidates who appeared for NEET ever since a few aspirants from Tamil Nadu died by suicide fearing the result.
This year, the helpline with 110 counsellors began providing stress management counselling to the candidates on July 18. However, the counsellors couldn't reach out to 32% of candidates in the list for reasons including phone not being reachable or no response to calls from the candidates. The counsellors could reach only 68% of the candidates.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, September 7, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the counsellors identified 587 candidates as highly stressed out of 1,45,988 candidates. As many as 17,517 candidates were from government and government-aided schools.
Among the highly stressed candidates, 98 candidates have been under continuous monitoring of the district mental health team. The State also constituted a team under the National Health Mission (NHM) in 38 districts. The team also includes district educational officers and district mental health counsellors, the minister said.
Teachers in schools have also been instructed to monitor the students who studied under them and alert the district counselling team if they identify any highly stressed students, Subramanian added.
"Career guidance also will be provided to the students who failed to qualify the NEET-UG," he added.
Meanwhile, as the National Testing Agency did not release the result till late evening, students out of anxiety kept calling the helpline asking when the results will be released.