Following the Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Examination’s announcement of the results for the class 11 and 12 exams on Wednesday, nine students have died by suicide. It has been reported that two other students made suicide attempts.
As many as 10 lakh students appeared for the exam. The pass percentage in class 11 was 61, and it was 72 per cent in class 12.
According to the reports, a 17-year-old boy committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in the Srikakulam district. After failing most of the papers, the intermediate first-year student from the district’s Dandu Gopalapuram village was reported to be disheartened.
In Trinadhapuram, within the limits of the Malkapuram police station, a 16-year-old girl committed suicide at her residence. She was reportedly upset after failing some subjects in the intermediate first year. She is from the Visakhapatnam district.
Another 18-year-old ended his life by hanging at his residence in Visakhapatnam’s Kancharapalem neighbourhood. He had failed a subject in the second year of intermediate.
After failing the AP intermediate exam, two 17-year-old students from the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh have died by suicide. A boy in the same district, died, after consuming a pesticide, while a student girl committed suicide by jumping into a lake.
Another student, 17, hanged himself to death at his residence in Anakapalli. Due to receiving poor grades in the intermediate first year, he was reportedly depressed.
The shocking news comes amid a spike in suicides at prestigious colleges in India. Four students at various Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses have reportedly committed suicide this year.
In February, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud expressed concern over reports of student suicides and said “his heart goes out to the bereaved family members of the victims”. He said he was wondering where our institutions are going wrong, that students are forced to take their life.
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