Dhanbad, May 24: Dogged efforts by examination boards to ease performance pressure on students notwithstanding, the marks monster struck again.
Depressed with her average ISC score, a student of De Nobili School (CMRI) hanged herself at her Durgamandir Road home here this morning.
Family sources said 17-year-old Sukanya Ghosh, a commerce student, was not happy with her ISC result, which was declared on May 19. Her mother Aparna, a junior section teacher at Delhi Public School, Dhanbad, admitted that her daughter was very stressed for the past few days.
Around 9am, Sukanya had breakfast with her mother and elder brother Sourabh, a hardware engineer in Calcutta who came home for his sister’s result. The teen locked herself in her room soon thereafter.
Aparna got anxious when Sukanya did not come out even at 11.30am. She went up to the room and peeked inside through a window only to find her daughter hanging from the ceiling fan.
Police were informed and the body sent for post-mortem.
This was the second tragedy in the family. Last year, Sukanya’s father Sunil Kumar Ghosh died of cancer.
Sources at De Nobili said Sukanya was never a meritorious student. Her performance in ICSE was average as well.
DPS principal K.B. Bhargava expressed concern over the incident and said it was an indicator to growing frustration among students. “Failure is the stepping stone to success, but children fail to understand this. There is no point wasting a life so precious just because you did not perform well,” Bhargava said.
De Nobili principal Kennedy said he was not aware of the incident as he was out of town. “But I am with Sukanya’s family in this moment of grief,” he said.