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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48050020

 

 

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"My son scored full marks in maths, physics and chemistry in his 11th class exams. But this year the results show that he scored one mark in maths and zero in physics. How is that possible?" says Venugopal Reddy.

"He had been studying for other competitive tests. But after the results, he is dejected. He has stopped studying and eating, and refuses to leave the house. I am worried about his mental health," he adds.

As protests intensified, suicides by students who had failed the exams were reported from across the state.

A child rights group petitioned the state high court, which ordered the board to re-mark the answers of all those who had failed. The new results were announced on 27 May - the scores of 1,137 of the students who had failed were revised, and they were declared successful in the exams. One student who had initially scored zero marks in a subject, ended up scoring 99 when her answers were re-marked.

 

The family of one of the students who killed herself - Anamika Yadav - has said it will file criminal charges against the education board and Globarena.

Her family told the BBC that the 16-year-old killed herself hours after finding out that she had failed the exams. On 27 May, the re-evaluation said she had passed the exams, but hours later the marks were again revised - she had failed again.

It seems there was a mistake in updating the scores. Board officials said Globarena was not involved in the re-evaluation process.

"This makes us suspicious," says Anamika's father, Atul Ganesh.

Vennela's father, Gopalakrishna, also says he wants to file charges. "I can't trust the board. How can my daughter, who was always a good student, fail? I need answers."

 

The re-evaluation did not include the marks of any of the 23 students who killed themselves. But their parents are not sure what to make of these results - they are shocked and heartbroken, but are also bewildered and suspicious.

Most of the parents spoke of their children's diligence and ambition.

Vodnali Shivani, 16, woke up at the crack of dawn every morning to study. She wanted to be an engineer and she would often say to her father: "Wait for five years and our lives will change."

Devasothu Neerja wanted to become a doctor, and she spent most nights studying. "She always passed all her exams. So we thought we must do whatever we can to help her," says her father, Rupal Singh.

 

Bhanu Kiran, 18, loved maths and wanted to become an ethical hacker so he spent a lot of his time watching YouTube tutorials about the subject.

But what underscores all of these memories is the immense pressure to succeed. Students in India - especially those who want to study engineering or medicine - take a series of highly competitive exams in quick succession.

And the race to secure a college place starts early - as early as two years before the school-leaving exams - allowing for a risky and prolonged mix of stress, expectations and dreams.

"The exam itself is surrounded by stress," says psychologist Vasupradha Kartic. "Students need to be counselled regularly."

She adds that students need to be able to see beyond the exams - that failing doesn't mean they have no options left for a career or a future.

 

I feel so frustrated after reading this article. So many lives are robbed because of avoidable glitches and blunders. :weeps:

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Why should students even feel so pressured that they get to this point. This is so terrible.

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Wow, poor Indians. So much pressure on their students and these ******s messing with them this way. I know it's not a reason to kill themselves but we can't know how hard it is for them. This world sux :!ohno:

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is it that serious ma?

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Everyone failed them for a bad grad to equate to suicide.

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Sis you must really going through it to post 4 nothing stories in a row.

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its also their parents fault. their parents must have gave them such a horrible environment

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Does India value academic success as much as the West? Even more? This is some terrible news tho.

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God rest their souls :shakeno: 

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10 minutes ago, Sizzily said:

Sis you must really going through it to post 4 nothing stories in a row.

what do you mean by "nothing" stories?

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Omg... that's crazy :eek: R.I.P. to those poor students

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The pressure on these kids is not healthy at all :!ohno:

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4 minutes ago, Salvatore said:

Does India value academic success as much as the West? Even more? This is some terrible news tho.

A billion people live in India. Imagine the competitive environment people are put through in there. 

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That's horrible... I remember being in highschool and having so much pressure on me to do well for college apps + SAT bull****. RIP. 

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How are you smart enough to get a 99 but not smart enough to realize your 0 was a mis-score? RIP though 

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It's not that serious, and them, being as intelligent as they were supposed to be, couldn't figure out there had to be some sort of mistake and want to fight to ensure their grades were corrected and the situation was rectified? Like - :skull:

 

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You cant blame the school for this :ace: I mean the results were fixed after they realized the mistake. :deadbanana2: 

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omg this is terrible, rip

This shows how much pressure society (not only India) puts on students..

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Rest in peace. The pressure in terms of education in Asian countries is sadly high. :frown:

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42 minutes ago, Sizzily said:

Sis you must really going through it to post 4 nothing stories in a row.

this :rip: russian bot teas

 

OT: rip

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58 minutes ago, lonnie said:

Why should students even feel so pressured that they get to this point. This is so terrible.

 

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55 minutes ago, Judas Bertha said:

is it that serious ma?

 

41 minutes ago, Morphi said:

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You people are sick :biblio:

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India education is so fked up.

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