Even as government maintains no record of suicide of students, the Minister of State for HRD MAA Fatmi told the Lok Sabha that most number of exam related suicides take place in the cities. Eight cases of exam related suicides were reported this year as compared to four last year.
While replying to a series of questions, Fatmi admitted that stress on students in cities was much more and the maximum number of suicides reported are of class X and class XII students. "It may be because of exam fear or fear of poor performance. But, the ministry has done no study on exam related suicides," he said.
Pointing at the number of steps taken to reduce stress of school students, Fatmi said, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been continuously working to make learning a more comfortable process. "In Maths and Social Sciences, 20 per cent of marks are through internal assessment and in case of Sciences it has been increased to 40 per cent. Also, fifteen minutes is exclusively given to students to read the question paper and three hours are given to answer the paper meant for reply in two-and-a-half hours," he said.
He also informed that helplines have been launched and changes are being made in the question papers to reduce the stress. "Recently, NCERT approved a new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) to make the syllabus easier and reduce the burden of schoolbag," he said.
Fatmi also listed out eight major steps including simpler question papers and publication of sample question papers taken by CBSE to reduce stress among students.
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