Eight students in Telangana have reportedly committed suicide in separate incidents after failing their intermediate board exams. The results for the first and second years (Class 11 and 12) were announced on Tuesday. Five of the suicides were reported in Hyderabad. The incidents were reported in different parts of the state during the last 24 hours. The Board of Intermediate Education had set up a Tele Manas cell to provide assistance to students, including counseling and guidance from psychologists and psychiatrists. Despite these efforts, officials say a series of suicides have been reported.
In Hyderabad’s Santosh Nagar, P. Jhanvi (17) hanged herself after failing her intermediate second-year exam. In Vanasthalipuram, Gayatri hanged herself after failing the exam, while her younger sister passed. Gautam Kumar from the Khairatabad area also ended his life after failing the exam. In Neredmet in Secunderabad, another student hanged himself at home after failing the intermediate second-year exam. Shanta Kumari, a student in her intermediate first year at a government college in Raidurgam, jumped to her death from the fifth floor of a building after failing the exam. A student from Armoor studying at a private college in Hyderabad also ended his life after failing the exam.
Tele Manas Cell
The Board of Intermediate Education has set up Tele Manas to help students overcome stress, strain, and anxiety. This cell works round the clock and provides assistance to students through psychologists and psychiatrists who offer counseling and guidance. Students can contact the toll-free number 14416.
The incident has sparked outrage and raised concerns over the pressure students face to perform well in exams. The Education Minister of Telangana has expressed condolences to the families of the students and has ordered an inquiry into the matter. He has also directed officials to take measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
The Board of Intermediate Education has come under criticism for alleged discrepancies in the evaluation process and for declaring incorrect results in the past. In 2019, more than 20 students died by suicide after failing the intermediate board exams in Telangana. The government had set up a committee to investigate the matter and had taken steps to improve the evaluation process.
The incident highlights the need for a holistic approach to education that focuses on the well-being and development of students rather than just academic performance. The pressure to excel in exams can take a toll on students’ mental health, and it is crucial to provide them with the necessary support and resources to cope with stress and anxiety.
Parents and educators also have a role to play in promoting a healthy and balanced approach to education. Instead of pressuring students to perform well in exams, they should encourage them to pursue their interests and passions and develop skills that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom.
In conclusion, the tragic incident in Telangana underscores the urgent need for a re-evaluation of the education system and a shift towards a more student-centric approach.
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