HYDERABAD: In the wake of a sudden spurt in the incidence of student suicides at corporate schools and colleges due to alleged academic pressure, the Telangana government too, like its AP counterpart, has swung into action to find out ways to reduce this tendency among the students.
Deputy chief minister Kadiam Srihari, who holds education portfolio, on Monday directed the education department officials to hold a meeting with managements of educational institutions and parents’ associations on Tuesday. Depending on the outcome of the meeting, the government wants to issue guidelines to reduce the stress levels among students.
Against the backdrop of a sudden increase in the number of suicides by the students of corporate schools and colleges, Kadiam warned the managements of corporate colleges and schools that their institutes would be closed down if they violated the norms by subjecting students to severe stress.
The deputy chief minister, who held a review meeting at the Secretariat here on Monday, expressed anguish over the suicides of students. “Inspect the schools and colleges. Study the teaching methods and come out with suitable guidelines so that students can learn in a peaceful and stress-free atmosphere,” he directed the officials.
All the corporate schools and colleges should work as per the guidelines issued by the state government. If they do not follow the government’s guidelines, their recognition would be cancelled, he warned.
Set up counselling centres, colleges told
Kadiam wanted counselling centres to be set up in all corporate colleges. “Teach the students to be self-confident and how to get on in life,” he advised. “If you have any problems, bring them to the notice of your parents or to the notice of the government,’’ he told students.
Junior colleges observe bandh
Many junior colleges across the state were closed on Monday in response to the bandh call given by ABVP and SFI to protest against the growing academic pressure on students. SFI and ABVP members staged protests in Hyderabad, demanding action against the colleges.