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Social skills training for Corporation school students launched

Building better future: Stress management programme in progress at the Corporation School, Little Mount. Mayor Subramanian inaugurated it on Thursday.

Building better future: Stress management programme in progress at the Corporation School, Little Mount. Mayor Subramanian inaugurated it on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Staff Reporter

It is in association with Psychology Department of the University of Madras

CHENNAI: Over the next few months, nearly 10,000 students studying in Corporation schools in the city will undergo training in social skills, enhancing self-esteem and study skills.

These would be part of a comprehensive programme aimed at giving students in classes IX to XII psychological counselling to handle peer pressure, angst and stress.

The initiative of the Chennai Corporation, in association with the Psychology Department of the University of Madras, was launched at the Corporation Higher Secondary School in Little Mount here on Thursday.

Research scholars of the Department trained by S. Karunanidhi, professor and head of the department, would, in turn, train teachers and students of various schools.

Speaking on the content of the training programme, Prof. Karunanidhi said irrespective of their background, students in their adolescence often faced peer pressure, anger and depression. The programme was structured to address all these issues and also enhance students’ personality.

Social skills training would cover aspects such as having a conversation with someone confidently, asking questions, appreciating someone and indulging in healthy discussions, he said.

“In study skills, we look at aspects such as where to study, how to study and when to study. When students know the scientific manner to study, their memory, concentration and power of retention improve significantly,” he explained. Self-esteem, handling relationships and developing inter-personal skills are other areas to be covered in the programme.

Headmaster of the school R. Sankaranarayanan said that the programme was a boon to students. “Most of our students come from very modest backgrounds. Their fathers get drunk and abuse the mother and children. Many of them are in great stress and tend to take it out on their friends in school. Such a programme will be of immense help to them,” he added.

Apart from the training, counselling will be provided to students in groups and individually to address other problems . Mayor M. Subramanian told students to make best use of the programme.

“I am sure that this programme will help you manage your time, stress and anger better,” he said.

He urged the school heads to refrain from making students wait in sun to welcome him or any other guest coming to school.

“It is our duty to be here. Please, do not tax children by making them wait in the sun,” he said.

Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni, Corporation Deputy Commissioner (Education) Anu George, Corporation Council’s Leader of the Opposition Saidai P. Ravi were among those who spoke.

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