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China youth suicides blamed on education system: study

Published on May 14, 2014 2:46 PM
 
Students from different classes attend an outdoor joint lesson outside a school building in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on April 18, 2014. China's high-pressure, exam-driven education system is responsible for the vast majority of suicides by schoolchildren in the country, state media said on Wednesday, citing a study. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China's high-pressure, exam-driven education system is responsible for the vast majority of suicides by schoolchildren in the country, state media said on Wednesday, citing a study.

Official statistics on youth suicides are hard to obtain, but a health ministry journal said that about 500 primary and middle school students kill themselves every year.

A study of 79 such suicides last year found that almost 93 per cent happened following arguments between the pupils and their teachers, or after the students experienced heavy pressure with their studies.

Most killed themselves because "they could not bear the heavy pressure of the test-oriented education system", said the findings, quoted in the state-run China Daily newspaper.

 
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