HT Image
HT Image

Teachers' domination forces suicides

The national capital sees nearly 110 cases of student suicides during exams, but less than 20 per cent get reported.
By Indo-Asian News Service | None, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2006 11:29 AM IST

The examination oriented Indian education system coupled with heavy-handed domination by teachers are the major reasons for the growing number of suicides among school students, say noted educationists.

"Our education system has been overwhelmed by the examination system. The whole purpose of education is getting diluted, leading to more stress and suicide," said Brenden MacCarthaigh, who advocates educational reforms in India.

MacCartheigh, an Irish by birth, has lived in Kolkota for over 45 years. He said that aping the British educational system in India had worsened the situation.

"There is excessive domination by teachers in classrooms. Though parental pressure is growing, it's the teachers who are mostly responsible for the impoverishment of school kids," MacCartheigh said.

MacCartheigh, who has written a book Where the Child is Without Fear, was recently in New Delhi to deliver a lecture on student suicides.

Quoting West Bengal government data, he said, "Of all the reasons, 24 per cent of suicides take place due to failure in examinations.

"It's time to reorganise the technique of pedagogy by bringing in more participation of students. Teachers have to keep their personal ego and family problems away from classrooms."

"Schooling is not about teachers but about children learning. And the focus of parents and teachers to make it a ticket for higher education is not always fair," said Janaki Rajan, a former director of the State Council for Education, Research and Training (SCERT), Delhi.

She said the capital experiences approximately 110 cases of student suicides during the examination period but less than 20 per cent get reported.

"Classrooms and examinations are killing children and it's high time we change our way of looking at education. Just three hours of writing should not determine the future of students," said Rajan, currently a professor at Jamia Milia Islamia University.

She said that setting up examination centres outside their school was not a good system at all. "It creates a fear psychosis, which in many instances hinders the output of the child."

Further, she said that the low number of seats and courses in Delhi were forcing many talented children to stay away from higher education.

"In India, only seven per cent of students enter the higher education mode, which is really deplorable."

Speaking about parental pressure, Rajesh Kochar, a senior scientist and former director of the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), said that parents too were to blame for suicides.

"In many cases the parents evaluate their kids on the basis of marks. If the daughter scores 90 per cent marks in the examination, then she gets better treatment than her sibling who scores 50 per cent," Kochhar said.

He said that the education system should seek to make students better equipped to handle life in general and should be more in sync with Indian society.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Extremely severe cyclone Fani affected 28 million people, killing nearly 90 people in India and Bangladesh, and causing economic losses of US $8.1 billion, the report said. (PTI)
Extremely severe cyclone Fani affected 28 million people, killing nearly 90 people in India and Bangladesh, and causing economic losses of US $8.1 billion, the report said. (PTI)

India seventh most affected by climate change in 2019 globally: Report

By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:53 AM IST
Between 2000 and 2019, over 475,000 people lost their lives as a direct result of more than 11,000 extreme weather events globally and losses amounted to around US $2.56 trillion (in purchasing power parities)
Close
The rally is likely to cover 100 kms inside Delhi (ANI).(ANI)
The rally is likely to cover 100 kms inside Delhi (ANI).(ANI)

‘Largely under Haryana’: Farmers’ leader on routes given for R-Day tractor rally

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:31 AM IST
Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee said on Monday a final call on the time and route for the rally would be taken after a meeting with the police.
Close
Shikara boats docked on a layer of ice after a large part of the Dal Lake froze over in Srinagar. (HT file photo)
Shikara boats docked on a layer of ice after a large part of the Dal Lake froze over in Srinagar. (HT file photo)

Srinagar night temperature drops to -5.2°C as cold wave returns

By Mir Ehsan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:29 AM IST
Tourists resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam were the coldest places in Kashmir, as the night temperature was recorded at 11.5°C and 11.9°C respectively
Close
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath distributing the certificate during the inauguration of Uttar Pradesh Diwas in Lucknow on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath distributing the certificate during the inauguration of Uttar Pradesh Diwas in Lucknow on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Yogi Adityanath announces slew of awards to mark UP Diwas

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:21 AM IST
The CM launched ‘Udyam Sarathi’ mobile app for employment and announced ‘Abhyudaya’ coaching centres to come up in the state soon for the benefit of youths to prepare for competitive exams.
Close
A man walks past graffiti of people wearing protective masks amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on a street in Navi Mumbai in this file photo.( Reuters)
A man walks past graffiti of people wearing protective masks amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on a street in Navi Mumbai in this file photo.( Reuters)

India adds 13,203 Covid-19 cases, 131 deaths; tally over 10.66 million

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:46 AM IST
The numbers of Covid-19 infections and deaths on Monday morning were lower than Sunday's 14,849 cases and 155 fatalities respectively, data showed.
Close
The aim of the Kavach drill is to sharpen operational synergy between the three services. (ANI Photo )
The aim of the Kavach drill is to sharpen operational synergy between the three services. (ANI Photo )

India conducts Kavach drill in Andaman Sea to fine-tune joint war-fighting skill

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:14 AM IST
The exercise involves synergised application of maritime surveillance assets, coordinated air and maritime strikes, air defence, submarine and landing operations.
Close
Jammu: J & K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha addresses a gathering during a visit to the Central University of Jammu, in Jammu, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_22_2021_000201A)(PTI)
Jammu: J & K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha addresses a gathering during a visit to the Central University of Jammu, in Jammu, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_22_2021_000201A)(PTI)

J-K LG pays tribute to army jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

ANI, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:06 AM IST
The Pakistan Army had resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation on the line of control (LoC) in the Sunderbani sector.
Close
Nepal's prime minister KP Sharma Oli attends a parliament session.(AFP File Photo)
Nepal's prime minister KP Sharma Oli attends a parliament session.(AFP File Photo)

Nepal EC refuses to give legitimacy to either faction of ruling NCP

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 09:42 AM IST
The poll panel stated that both the factions have failed to follow the Political Parties Act-2017 and party statute.
Close
Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line has five new trains that are missing which familiar feature?PTI(HT_PRINT)
Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line has five new trains that are missing which familiar feature?PTI(HT_PRINT)

Republic Day 2021: Delhi Metro services schedule, parking details

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 09:36 AM IST
Metro stations which will remain closed on Republic Day are Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Lok Kalyan Marg.
Close
An earth-mover clears snow from a road following heavy snowfall, at Bhaderwah, in Doda district of J&K, on January 24. (PTI)
An earth-mover clears snow from a road following heavy snowfall, at Bhaderwah, in Doda district of J&K, on January 24. (PTI)

Cold wave over several parts of NW India likely from today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 09:24 AM IST
The Western Disturbance which caused widespread snowfall in the Western Himalayas moved northeastwards from Jammu and Kashmir
Close
Seen here is one of the accused Pochnli Tengli alias ‘Alice’,(HT Photo)
Seen here is one of the accused Pochnli Tengli alias ‘Alice’,(HT Photo)

2 Chinese nationals arrested in Uttar Pradesh for alleged money laundering

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 09:19 AM IST
The two accused were arrested from their hideout in Gautam Buddh Nagar. They were staying in India illegally for four-five months, said police.
Close
Farmers participate in a tractor rally to protest against the newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Farmers participate in a tractor rally to protest against the newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Farmers' tractor parade on R-Day: Routes, arrangements, traffic advisory

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 09:21 AM IST
Farmer leaders appealed to those participating in the Republic Day tractor march to carry enough ration for 24 hours and ensure that the rally remains peaceful.
Close
India and China have been engaged in a standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 2020.(PTI)
India and China have been engaged in a standoff in eastern Ladakh since May 2020.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: India-China hold 9th round of talks on Ladakh

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 08:58 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
India has been pushing for comprehensive disengagement at all flashpoints and restoration of status quo ante of early April 2020. (Getty Images)
India has been pushing for comprehensive disengagement at all flashpoints and restoration of status quo ante of early April 2020. (Getty Images)

India, China hold 15-hour meeting to discuss Ladakh border standoff

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:15 AM IST
Eastern Ladakh continues to remain tense as India and China have been locked in a lingering border standoff that also has impacted bilateral ties.
Close
India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>59,000 crore in September 2016 (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO).
India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth 59,000 crore in September 2016 (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO).

Rafale to make R-Day debut: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 08:33 AM IST
A single Rafale aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will fly in a ‘Vertical Charlie’ formation during the Republic Day flypast.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP