06 Jun '11, 4am

Exam pressure can drive S. Korea teens to suicide: Today's children are "in a constant state of extreme exhausti...

SEOUL: The crushing pressure on South Korean teenagers to perform well in exams can leave some students so distraught they feel life just isn't worth living. Dozens of teenagers kill themselves every year -- often around the time of an annual college entrance exam -- amid fears they didn't do well enough to enter the college of their dreams. In one recent shocking case, a 16-year-old in the southwestern city of Mokpo doused himself with gasoline and set himself ablaze in the street. He left a note saying he had done badly in tests and felt he had let his parents down. The number of school-age suicides rose from 100 in 2003 to 202 in 2009, according to education ministry statistics. Dozens more attempt to kill themselves but survive. Another survey showed about 20 per cent of high and middle school students feel tempted to commit suicide, higher than 17.4 per cent among adu...

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