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May 1, 2019
Nineteen students have taken their own lives in the Indian state of Telangana since mid-April, after the release of intermediate examination results, officials say.
The state examination for 12th-graders has come under scrutiny. Hundreds of parents have protested the marking and evaluation of the test papers, which they say have resulted in students being awarded incorrect marks and, in many cases, failing the exams. Most university admissions are based on the examination. READ MORE BELOW Telegram news and jobs ??http://t.me/Hot18PlusBreakingNews *MPESA LOANS* http://bit.ly/2yXNoSa
Some students have said that they appeared for exams but were marked absent or that they were awarded zero marks in specific subjects that they completed.
Parents have blamed both the state Board of Intermediate Education, which is responsible for the examinations and their evaluation, and the Telangana government. The board contracted the evaluation of mark sheets to an outside firm, Globarena, which could not be reached for comment.
“It is all unfortunate. People should not resort to such kind of extreme steps. Mistakes have happened at some level. That can be checked and rectified,” said Jitender, a senior state police official who goes only by his first name.
Experts have criticized India’s education system as a poor one in which students are under heavy pressure not just to pass examinations but to exceed expectations at all costs.
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