The spate of nine suicides of students across the state in the past week is nudging political powers that be into action.
For one, the state government has decided to expedite its ‘exams minus stress’ programme — Tanavmukt Pariksha Abhiyan. This would entail incorporating simpler methods of answering exams like introducing more objective type questions, for instance.
It will also look at introducing a system where there is continuous evaluation throughout the year with more emphasis on practical work and smaller tests as against the present system of having semesters and an exam at the end of the academic year.
The directive has been sent out by State Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat himself.
“Each district has an education officer who will keep a check on such incidents and will find out the exact reasons for such suicides,” said Thorat. “It will be ascertained if it is happening due to study pressure, parental pressure or some other factor.”
Denying the formation of any committee to monitor suicides, Thorat said. “Any such future incident will have to be looked into by education officers within 24 hours of its happening.”