Kerala boy scores 91 percent, commits suicide.

Prince Thomas of Kerala took his life a day after his class XII results were announced despite scoring 91per cent in higher secondary exams.

“He was very brilliant in studies and we were all happy about his result. His interest was to join BSc nursing and he collected and filled the admission form from the nursing college. Around 1 am. I woke up and I saw the light in his room. I thought that he was on his studies or forgot to switch off the light. So I knocked on the door. But when it was not opened, then I broke it open saw him hanging,” says Prince’s father M C Thomas.

The Indian educational system is BAD! Success and a person’s capabilities are decided upon solely on the marks they gain in exams. If I could, I would like to change this entire system. Why should there be so much competition? Why should any child feel that he/she has no right to live because they can’t study further? I would only blame Prince’s parents and the society for his untimely unfortunate demise. Why else would he have felt so pressurized to take his life because he is financially not in a position to continue his education. It’s not the end of the world. We don’t know what we have missed by losing him. Maybe he could have made a difference in somebody’s world! Now, he is no more. This is so pathetic. And this wont change till all Indians change their attitude towards academics and marks.

I am sure some (or many) may disagree with my view points but still, this is what I feel! May Prince rest in peace.

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  1. #1 by Cathy Wright on May 31, 2007 - 3:46 pm

    I thought you would be most interested in Sri Atmananda Memorial School, which applies the KPM Approach to Children on its campuses.

    The model scholl is located in Kerala, near Chengannur, and does all it can to remove the notion of competition, as well as the fear factor, from studies. The emphasis is on doing well -always bettering oneself; the motivation coming from within and not from arbitrary and misleading grades or outside approval.

    There is so much more to say, but you’ll find it all on the site, so have a look.
    I think you will be happy to see that there are successful efforts to reform the educational system, but it will take time and alot of help!

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