Monday, March 7, 2016
Replying to a query under the Right to Information Act by K.Gurumurty, an advocate from Kakinada city, the Secretary to the Board of Intermediate Education of Andhra Pradesh admitted that 19 students of intermediate committed suicides in various private junior college hostels form March 20, 2014 to September 26, 2015.
According to the Secretary, most of them took the extreme step because their parents admitted them into hostels against their wish. Some others did it due to health problems. In two cases they committed suicide due to failure in love affair and in one case, it was the inability to get good food and conditions in the hostel.
The Secretary in his reply said that the government has issued circulars to all the junior colleges to strictly implement Prof.Neeradha Reddy committee report recommendations. The recommendations included no instruction and no tests on Sundays and holidays, students be left free between 4pm and 6pm every day, no instruction be given before 7am and after 7pm to hostel inmates and that instructions and study hours should add up to no more than 9 to 10.