thinking out loud and saying nothing
Death in Singapore
A 2000 SPH survey revealed our primary students were more afraid of examinations than of their parents dying.
One in three also thought life isn’t worth living. A psychiatrist remarked, “That’s scary. What kind of life are we putting our kids through if they’re so frightened of exams?”
Since then, not one but seven primary pupils have committed suicide jumping off high-rise flats. Just ponder the indescribable anguish of their parents.
In 2001, a coroner’s inquiry heard that a 10-year old pupil committed suicide because she was stressed out with schoolwork.
In April 2002, the Straits Times reported, “Last year, about 14,000 children were seen by psychiatrists at the Institute of Mental Health, of which 2,233 were new cases…. these figures have stayed relatively consistent over the last five years.”
Our people are our only valuable national resource. So the death of even one student is surely one death too many and not a mere statistic to be quickly forgotten.
If we do not bother to speak up for our children, who will?
From Mio Cade’s Life Before Death and After Death Flickr set