The 2004 Lancet studies have reflected that out of every 3 cases of suicide reported every 15 minutes in India, one gets committed by a youth in the age group of 15 to 29. In Pondicherry, for example, every month, at least 15 youths between the age of 15 and 25 commit suicide. Every year, up to 15% of suicide victims are teenagers. And the main reason? Failure in examinations!
With the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and State Board results just around the corner, the fear of such suicide cases occurring again, if not increasing altogether, is highly omnipresent. Among the hype of marks, ranks, girls outperforming boys et al, many of the ‘failures’ would face unbearable pressure. Some of them might take the most unfortunate decision of ending their lives; some others would enter into a depression state. Creditably, CBSE’s recent introduction of graded assessment could well ensure that students are not denied opportunities and are not over-stressed. That initiative has to be followed and emulated at the earliest by every other examination board of the country. But that seems to be easier said than done. Education was never meant to be a violent contact sport. Sadly, it just seems to be becoming so in India.