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Race for ranks forcing students to commit suicide: roundtable

Communication gap between parents and their children, lack of extracurricular activities and overburden of studies have been forcing students to end their lives, speakers said, during a roundtable on ‘Suicide Preventive Measures’, which was organised by Bala Vikas Foundation, at the public library here on Saturday.

Secretary, Bala Vikas Foundation, Narava Prakasa Rao, said that in the name of ranks, several private institutions have been creating immense pressure on students. The private educational institutions have been creating a scenario that if student does not achieve rank, he does not have any life or future and this should be stopped, Mr. Prakasa Rao said.

Former Vice-Chancellor, JNTUK, Allam Appa Rao, stressed the need for having good communication between children and parents. He said that parents should come forward and discuss with their children about their daily activities and problems, so that student would be free from stress. He also said that government must come forward to take appropriate steps.

Advocate S. Bhagya Lakshmi said that government schools must function properly so that people will come forward to admit their children in them, where there would no pressure on ranks. Former headmaster Narayana Murthy from Pendurthy said that the government must ensure that every school has a playground.

“Taking part in games will make students understand what is winning and losing. These days many schools not only don’t have playground, but also don’t allow kids to play games,” Mr. Narayana Murthy said.A few student said that moral values should be included in school syllabus and it should be given priority.

Source: thehindu.com

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