Amidst concern over exam burdens and increasing pressure on children, an 18 year-old student who failed the GCE Ordinary Level exam for the second time was found hanging inside her room in Norwood yesterday while a 17-year-old Kalutara student attempted suicide after she failed to get desired results.
The Kalutara student who was rescued by her family members was admitted to the Nagoda General Hospital. She had taken an overdose of drugs after hearing about her result.
Police said the 18 year old student of St. Johns’ School in the Norwood area, identified as Arseratnam Dayalani had been pronounced dead by the time she was admitted to the Norwood Base Hospital. She had obtained one B and C passes and three S passes at the exam.
Police said after a friend informed her about the results, she had been missing for sometime and had later hung herself in her room using a saree.
“Most of the people have succeeded by attempting several times. People, especially students should have the mentality to accept defeat. Everyone is not so lucky to get through major exams,” Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
He said that exams were one such barrier in life and passing an exam was a dream after which follows stories of success.
“What parents should do is to identify other abilities of their children and help them to pursue those talents,” he said. (Supun Dias)