Over the years, there has been an increasing number of students in Singapore who have been reported to be undergoing stress which resulted to an increase in the number of students diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety. Too much, too young: Singapore schoolchildren's struggles with stress, Singapore News. Schoolchildren are paying a heavy price for Singapore's success in global education rankings, with rising numbers seeking psychiatric help as they struggle to cope with the relentless pressure for academic excellence.
Children are reporting symptoms of anxiety and stress related to school as early as primary school, experts warn, and there have been extreme cases where pupils have been driven to suicide. Youths often face long days at school, hours of homework, and are then pushed by parents to have private tuition, which is having an impact on mental well-being - a recent report found that overall the city's pupils reported higher levels of anxiety than average. Now, in a bid to reduce stress in its schools, Singapore is embarking upon reforms that will scrap some academic tests, and change the rigid streaming process. "We have to balance the joy of learning and the rigour of education," Ong Ye, education minister said, as he announced some of the changes in parliament earlier this year. Singapore students suffer from high levels of anxiety: Study, Education News. Singapore students may be topping the charts in mathematics, science and reading, but it is exacting a heavy emotional price on them.
An international study suggests that Singapore students, known worldwide for academic excellence, also experience high levels of anxiety and have been exposed to bullying. The findings emerged in a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which conducts the triennial tests called the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa). The study polled 540,000 students from 72 countries and economies to look at the connection between well-being and achievement in the Pisa tests. More teens in Singapore seeking help at IMH for school stress , Education News.
SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - More teenagers from top schools are seeking help at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for school-related stress.
IMH said that stress-related, anxiety and depressive disorders are common conditions seen at its Child Guidance Clinics, which treat children aged six to 18. The clinics saw an average of about 2,400 new cases every year from 2012 to 2017. A hyper-competitive culture is breeding severe test anxiety among many students. SINGAPORE: Xiao Jia*, 12, came to us as she could no longer cope with an intense fear of the upcoming Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).
She had set out to score more than an aggregate of 250 and didn’t want to disappoint her parents. A plan of getting into her choice school, excelling later at the O and A-Levels, getting into her choice university course, and eventually securing a good job all hinged on doing well in this first national exam. Her fears are not uncommon among her peers, albeit of varying degrees. Children and adolescents in Singapore face pressures at school and at home. Statistics of Stress in Students. More children and teens are stressed out. Last year, a Primary 5 pupil fell 17 floors from his bedroom window on the day he was supposed to take his exam papers home.
He had never fared poorly in his examinations from Primary 1 to 4, and scored an average of 70 marks. His mother would cane him on his palm “lightly” for every mark he fell short of her stipulated standard of 70 per cent. But he failed his Higher Chinese and mathematics in his latest mid-year exam. Why Singapore Is So Stressful For Students - Mrmrjing - Medium. The impact of stress on students in secondary school and higher education .pdf. Singapore's Children Are Drowning in Homework and Stress. Quoted in a recent article in the Straits Times, eleven-year-old Kieran knows the value of study and the importance of grades, but he feels his stress levels going up higher than they should for someone his age.
Parents and students all over Singapore are experiencing the same concerns. Childhood stress is real, and it is increasing. Kieran’s Story Young Kieran Lee already knows the stress of a stack of paperwork. He has a mature attitude towards learning, explaining that “I know studying is good for us. However, Kieran dreads the pile of homework that he faces every day. Students: 10 ways to beat stress. Young people should have everything to be happy about, but as the generation with the least responsibility we actually experience the most stress.
A 2013 survey by the Nightline Association found that 65% of students feel stressed. Students juggle part time jobs with university, worry about assignments and stress about the future and how to make the next step. Trying to manage all these things at once can leave you feeling overwhelmed. As a student, every spare minute seems to be filled with worrying – you feel like you have to achieve something and make plans for your future. Instead of relaxing in the holidays, you're planning an internship to add to your CV, or working to earn some well-needed extra cash.
If you're not careful, working too hard and worrying too much can lead to "burnout" – when everything seems bleak and you have nothing left to give. It might not seem like it when you're feeling down, but living a more stress free life is possible. 1. 2. And why not try yoga? 3. 4. 5. Student Stress & Anxiety Guide. Tips for Coping with Stress.
After a traumatic event, it is normal to feel anxious about your safety and security.
Even if you were not directly involved, you may worry about whether this type of event may someday affect you. Check out the tips below for some ideas to help deal with these fears. Talk to and stay connected to others. This might be: Parents, or other relativesFriendsTeachersCoachFamily doctorMember of your place of worshipTalking with someone can help you make sense out of your experience and figure out ways to feel better. If you are not sure where to turn, call your local crisis intervention center or a national hotline.Get active. Helping children cope with stress, Lifestyle News. An international study reported last year suggests that Singapore students experience higher levels of anxiety than those from many other countries.
The study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) polled 540,000 students from 72 countries and economies. It showed that 66 per cent of students across all OECD countries said they were worried about poor grades in school. Among Singapore students, it was 86 per cent. Ms Tan Wei Yin, 40, for one, is careful not to over-emphasise academic results with her nine-year-old son. "One way of easing stress is by not having too much expectation when it comes to the academic," says Ms Tan, an executive in the insurance industry. But the demands of school impose pressure on her only child, Chee Tiong, as well as other school-going children. Two years ago, when Ms Tan's son was in Primary 1, she set him a target of completing one chapter of an assessment book every day, on top of his school homework. Symptoms of Stress. School can be stressful for some children.
It can be caused by reasons including difficulty in learning or getting along with classmates. Here are some symptoms that your child is under stress: Throws tantrums or cries more frequentlyWithdraws from activitiesExpresses anxietyChanges in sleep or appetitePretends to be sickRefuses to go to school Speak to us Let us help you turn your child's dreams into reality. Overcoming Stress. Everybody has it, and everybody talks about it, but nobody really knows what stress is.
WHY? It is because stress means different thing for each of us, and is also different for each of us. Manage your stress and become more productive rather than self-destructive. Stress is a part of modern living. #1 Anxiety and Depression Counsellor in Singapore with 4.9 Star Reviews. Stress - Counselling Services by Singapore Counselling Centre. Contrary to what some individuals may feel, stress does not come from events that happen. Rather, stress comes from how we view the events. Have you noticed that some people seem to be able to handle stress better than others, even though they may all be facing the same situation? This is due to the difference in perspectives that they have towards the external event.