Have students always been obsessed with grades and marks? Why? Why they are giving up on life in the rat race of getting good grades? The answer to these questions is more complicated than the questions themselves.
In May 2021, the results for the (CSS) Central Superior Services exam for 2020 were announced and less than 2% of candidates passed it. Only 1.96% of candidates were able to pass the competitive exam in the attempt among the 18,553 candidates who appeared for it, by the post-result statement issued by The News.
Recently, a fatal incident happened. A 25-year-old young woman, who was a resident of Multan district, had moved to Lahore to study for the competitive (CSS) exam died by suicide, on Friday.
When the police reached her rented apartment, the door was locked from inside. They broke the window panes and found the body of a young girl hanging from a ceiling fan in the Nawab Town area. Police declared it a suicide incident.
She left a handwritten letter in her room dated July 13, the letter states that;
"I’m ending my life because my existence is nothing but a burden and failure for me and my parents".
In her suicide note, the girl wrote that she was ending her life for failure in the CSS exams in two attempts, fearing that she would fail in her third attempt too.
The letter states;
"I’ll miss you, Papa."
The young aspirant was depressed because she failed to pass the exams and the financial problems faced by her parents, the poor parents were struggling to manage expenses for her education and she was unable to fulfill their hopes and aspirations.
The Central Superior Service exam is conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Islamabad, each year for appointing civil servants into the federal government. The competitive exam has often been criticized badly for its poor passing percentage ratio in recent years.
But it’s not the only exam in Pakistan that gives birth to mental stress and distress. Last year a final year MBBS student committed suicide after failing in exams. Low marks, social pressure, and mental stress were the major causes that compelled him to do so. Another fatal incident happened last year, a female student of the University of management technology (UMT) committed suicide, she was super stressed because of the physical exam pressure.
According to recent statistics shared by The Nation, 15 to 20 people end their lives in Pakistan every day. Some major aspects that play a pivotal role in provoking students to end their own lives are examination stress, fear of failure, verbal and physical abuse by parents, teachers, or peers, loneliness, hopelessness, and worthlessness.
When will this come to an end? When will we stop giving up on life for not achieving our goals and dreams? We all want to make our parents proud. But do you think taking your own life will make them happy? Think about it.