Twenty students in India have reportedly committed suicide in the past one week after Indian exam body – Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) announced their exam results.
According to a report by published by Khaleejtimes, about one million Indian students took the exams in February and March and about 350,000 failed.
The massive exam failure caused widespread protests from parents, students, and various political parties. Parents believe the cause of the massive failure was an error on the part of the software solutions firm, Globarena Technologies Private Limited, which was hired by Telagana BIE to develop software for processing admissions, pre-examination and post-examination results.
According to Khaleejtimes reports, one student named Sirisha who failed biology set herself on fire on Saturday at their home in the Narayanpet district after her parents went out to the fields,
In another incident, a 19-year-old girl named Akrapu Mithi hanged herself at Naginenipally village in Telangana state. She went to a private college in nearby Bibinagar town and was apparently depressed after the results were announced on April 18.
According to a report by Latestly.com, a letter issued by India’s Congress states:
“Nearly 25 students are reported to have committed suicide due to the faulty results published by the TSBIE. Now, who should be made responsible for the deaths of 30 odd students? And who will compensate the agony caused to thousands of parents?”
The Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on April 25 promised that answer sheets of the students who failed the exams would be evaluated. He urged students not to kill themselves, adding that failing the exam isn’t the end of life.
Suicide among Indian students is a growing national concern in India.
Between September and October 2017, there were over 50 reported student suicide cases at the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regions of India.
With the recent deaths of 20 students within a week, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued a notice to the Telangana government, seeking a detailed report by the Board.
Student groups have also asked for 25 lakh ($36,000) as compensation for the families of each student who committed suicide.
“Why should we pay fee for the blunders committed by them?” a student told Khaleejtimes.