On April 18th, the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education exams results were announced. Soon after, it was revealed that 3 lakh of the nearly 10 lakh students who had appeared for the examinations had failed the exams. Over 100 students were also declared absent even though they appeared for the exams. Since the results were announced, 20 students have killed themselves, allegedly dejected with the marks they received.
In this episode we spoke to Padmaja Shaw, an independent journalist and academician from Hyderabad about this fiasco. She explained how the culture of coaching classes, lack of proper infrastructure and high aspirations of parents too are contributing factors which is leading to student suicides.