A devastating incident occurred in Swat, where a student took his own life after reportedly being upset about his exam performance. The student, identified as Ayub Khan, shot himself after the first paper of the Secondary School Certificate exams.
This tragedy has sparked concerns among educators and psychologists, who are urging parents to avoid putting too much pressure on their children to excel in exams. Experts criticize the education system for only valuing high grades, leading to immense pressure on students who struggle with competition.
An Educationist said,
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein
Additionally, the way exams are conducted is believed to encourage cramming for higher grades rather than actual comprehension of the subject matter. Educationists stress that parental pressure for academic success can lead to increased stress and anxiety, negatively impacting the physical, social, and emotional health of children.
It’s important to note that Pakistan has seen a significant number of student suicides, with 25% of cases involving teenagers. According to a report by the World Health Organization, over 15,000 suicide cases are recorded in Pakistan every year, with many attributed to the unnecessary burden of exams.