Student deaths rising in India, SC says: Parents are to be blamed not, educational institutes

The Supreme Court has held that parents, not institutions, are responsible for putting undue pressure on children at back-to-school educational institutions such as Kota in Rajasthan, where student suicides are common.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition seeking regulation of private coaching institutes.
In a hearing on Monday, a division bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice SVN Bhatti made these observations while considering the regulation of plea bargains for private coaching institutes.
“You cannot blame Kota coaching institutes.
It is the parents who put undue pressure on their children in a competitive environment and as a result, students lose their lives,” Bench said.
In response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Dr. Aniruddha Narayan Malpani sought regulation of coaching institutes citing the rising number of student suicides in Kota, the bench observed the cut-throat competition and the need for students to rely on these coaching centres.
Justice Khanna highlighted the challenges faced by schools and the competitive environment that compels students to attend these institutions.
Citing National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2020, it was pointed out that around 8.
2 percent of student suicides occur in the country.
However, the Chamber expressed that it could not issue guidelines in this regard and recommended that the petitioners submit proposals to the Government.
Accordingly, petitioner Priya sought withdrawal of the petition in order to approach the relevant authorities and the court granted the request.

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