Two teens take lives over unfinished homework: Media
BEIJING (AFP) - Two teens in eastern China committed suicide after "failing to complete homework assignments" state-run media said on Friday, in an extreme case highlighting the immense pressure schoolchildren can face.
In a highly competitive education system that emphasises rote learning and passing exams, Chinese students spend on average 8.6 hours a day in class and can expect several more hours of assignments afterwards.
A 15-year-old boy in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, who failed to finish homework from a three-day public holiday jumped to his death around 11:00 am on Thursday, the China Daily said.
A 13-year-old boy in the same town got up at 4:00 am Thursday to complete holiday assignments but was found hanged on a staircase at his home two hours later, it said.