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Shocking video: Sixteen-year old lad in Kota cuts short life due to parental expectations and stress of coaching classes
The suicide by Aman Kumar Gupta, 16, who was a coaching student at Rajasthan's Kota city, doing his standard XI from a school has sent shock waves among people. This becomes the 14th reported suicide by a coaching student this year.
Aman, who hailed from Bihar, jumped from a bridge into the Chambal river to end his life. Before he took his life, Aman shot a emotional video on his mobile phone in which he expressed his regrets for not having risen to the expectations from his parents.

In the video, which has gone viral on the social media, he can be seen urging his younger brother to work hard at studies. Aman had also informed some of his friends about his intentions before he took the extreme step.

Despite all kinds of measures like appointment of counsellors and help-line provisions said to be instituted this year, the suicides by coaching students are unabated. Well meaning teachers are of the view that the craze for coaching should be put to an end by the parents since the entrance examination are not the selection test rather screening tests since the number of seats are limited.

"Even if all Kota coaching students crack the test and score cent per cent marks, it won't imply all over lakh students will be given admission. Still they will be screened by checking and rechecking the answer scripts to prepare the final list as per the number of seats. The mental stress the coaching institutes create among competing students takes a toll of many by lowering their self-esteem and feeling ashamed for not rising up to the expectations of parents. Even those who do not commit suicide, the stigma of being unsuccessful distorts their personality as a human being," said Dr Anita Srivastava, a Jaipur-based psychologists.

Many clinical psychologists and psychiatrists report increasing cases of children as young as 6 to 8 years who because of competition in schools, bad teaching methods and loss of self-esteem, are not valued in schools and are getting depressed and parents are seeking help in treating and rehabilitating such children.

There is a need to make learning a joyful experience that enhances the self-concept to live a meaningful life. We need to promote cooperative learning in schools and make education a social process that gives inner joy to lead a life with good mental and social health. I think. Someone has rightly said that there are no problem students but problem teachers and parents. Reform teachers and parents so that no need of coaching is left, I think.

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