The protesting student groups also demanded that the government consider the internal assignments submitted by the students and give marks of success at least.
After the suicides of two students, student groups across Telangana unleashed a statewide excitement as around 51% of the intermediate students (Batch of 2020-21) failed to pass their first year exams in the state. Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) is not arranging a supplementary exam this year, due to the tight academic schedule caused by the COVID-19 situation, which has also aggravated student unions. The board has reiterated that they will only conduct supplemental exams for students who fail exams in April 2022 – which protesting students say is a disastrous decision that could lead to more distress among students, and possibly suicides.
On Friday, December 17, student groups – the Students’ Union of India, the Progressive Democratic Students’ Union and the National Student Union of India – protested at the TSBIE office in Nampally alleging that the board had failed to conduct the assessment in a fair manner.
How can a student prepare for the first and second year exams at the same time? If a student is applying for the Agricultural and Medical Engineering Combined Entrance Test (EAMCET), he should also focus on that. Students will be busy with competitive exams in the second year, will they be able to handle so much pressure to prepare for multiple exams being taken at the same time? Interrogated, T Nagaraju Telangana Secretary of the SFI.
“The board of directors should have given one or two marks to those who got the allow marks and promoted. Instead, they failed these students, and asked them to come for the exam three months later when they were concentrating on competitive exams,” Nagarajo said. The protesting student groups also demanded that the government consider the internal assignments submitted by the students and give marks of success at least.
“Without doing the classes properly, just a month ago, teachers told us to prepare for our first year exams, taking our second year classes at the same time. It was messy to study for both years. We were confused,” said one of the students who participated in the protest.
Students of the class of 2020-21 have been temporarily promoted to the second year in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and exams were held in October of this year. Physical classes can only be held for 23 days and have been converted to online mode, which has particularly affected students studying in government colleges, who come from marginalized socioeconomic backgrounds without access to resources such as mobile phone, internet and computer which are essential for digital education. “Teachers did not complete the syllabus, and classes were held online. I didn’t have a smartphone at the time,” a protesting average student asked.
“Even 50% of the students did not pass the exam, does that not reflect the failure of the board? As of December 15, 2021, 1,782 lecturer positions were vacant in 404 public colleges. Without any suitable lecturers, they conducted online lessons. So, how do they expect students to perform?” he asked. Nagaraju. “Does the government have any data on how many students have smartphones to pursue education online?” he added.
“The two students have already killed themselves. Who is responsible for their deaths? In April, when students appear for both the first and second year exams together, they will be under more pressure and we fear this will increase the risk of student suicide,” said Nagarajo.
Statement issued by TSBIE
After the protests, TSBIE released a statement on Friday. To help students deal with exams, the syllabus in each subject has been reduced to 70% and the choices in question papers have also been increased. In addition, core teaching materials have been prepared and published on the TSBIE website and YouTube channel,” TSBIE said. The board declared that exam results were processed “ideally,” and announced that they had reduced the re-verification fee by 50%, should any student wish to retake Assessing his results, emphasizing that he will only conduct supplementary tests in April.
Speaking to TNM, TSBIE Secretary Omar Jalil said, “One of the reasons many students fail exams is because they are unfamiliar with online lessons. Moreover, these students did not face the board exam in grade 7 or 10, so they can That would also be a factor.” While acknowledging that the digital divide and shift to online mode would have hindered student learning, he tried to shift the problem to students who passed the study. “Out of 49% of the successful students, 10,000 got more than 95% marks,” he said.
Systemic failure contributes to suicide
Student suicides are not considered a mental health problem, but rather a systemic problem in providing equitable access to opportunities and education. Many students who die by suicide often come from marginalized socioeconomic backgrounds. One of the middle students who took his own life was K Varun, a native of Bhupalpally district. His parents reportedly worked in Hyderabad as daily wage labourers. Apart from K Varun and V Jahnavi, the second student who committed suicide after she narrowly failed the marks, another student known as Sharat Babu, a resident of Kushaiguda, Hyderabad, has disappeared after being warned for him. Poor performance in exams.
Research shows that systemic discrimination is also a traumatic experience that causes serious mental, emotional, and physical health problems. Ahla Matra, Senior Counsellor and Head of Academy and Training at The Alternative Story formerly told TNM, “There isn’t enough talk about conditions that cause distress. Yes there is a relationship between depression, anxiety and suicide but what causes depression and anxiety? Are regular forces responsible? Every death by suicide. It is the failure of the system to protect and serve its people. Removing barriers to accessing education and quality health care are mental health interventions as well.”
To prevent these incidents, TSBIE enlisted clinical psychologists to help students overcome exam-related fear and stress.
If you are aware of anyone experiencing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide assistance. Here are some helpline numbers for suicide prevention organizations that can provide emotional support to individuals and families.
State Department of Health Suicide Helpline: 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Center – 044-24640050 (listed as the only suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu)
Life Suicide Prevention: .7893078930
Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584
Sahai (24 hours): 080 65000111, 080 65000222
Al-Mathari: 0484 2540530
Chaithram: 0484 2361161
Both are 24 hour numbers.
State government suicide prevention (free): 104
Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200
SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
Aasara provides support to individuals and families during emotional crises, to those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and those who are traumatized after a loved one’s suicide. 24/7 Helpline: 9820466726. Click here For helplines operating across India.