A day after a class XI student of the Delhi Public School in Bhopal committed suicide convinced he won’t be allowed into class XII after failing in maths and chemistry, school principal said the boy didn’t fail but scraped through with the help of grace marks earned for performing in arts.
But, the 16-year-old’s parents held the school management responsible for their son’s death -- for not letting him know that he had a chance even after flunking two subjects.
School principal Ajay Sharma said Aditya Singh did not fail in the final aggregate, which is considered for the next class.
“Final aggregate is declared today (Wednesday), in which he has got a supplementary in chemistry and grace marks in mathematics,” said Sharma.
“We do give additional weightage to arts and crafts, music and sports activities. Aditya was in the school choir and was involved in music hence he did get additional marks for that. The child did not wait to see this, he had just seen the final terms paper in which he could not manage to pass in two subjects,” he said.
The principal said the child was bubbly and did not show any signs of depression.
Aditya was a well-known singer. “He had reached top 9 of Indian Idol junior and performed for the channel Big Magic,” said his mother Dr. Aparna Singh.
She said her child could not concentrate on studies as the school wasted his time by asking him to keep taking music sessions instead of sitting in the class.
“On February 17, he came to know that he has failed in the maths exam after which he was very tensed and used to tell his friends that his admission would soon be discontinued,” said Aditya father Dr. Mahendra Singh.
“He thought so because there is a rule which enables the school administration to discontinue the admission of a student who performs poorly in class 11 examinations,” said Mahendra
The boy’s parents alleged the vice principal called them twice to tell that if their child didn’t perform, he will be given a Transfer Certificate according to rules.
However, the school administration denied there was any such rule.
“After returning from school that day (Tuesday) he visited his class teacher’s house who also taught him chemistry, she told him he flunked in two exams, but she never mentioned that he has a chance in final aggregate,” said Singh.
“His friends said he was crying constantly, seeing the condition of the child she should have at least counselled him or called us,” she said.
Aparna alleged the teacher did not respond to her texts which she sent, at 1pm the same day asking about the possibilities of the result.