At least three schoolgirls reportedly committed suicide in Chandpur and Satkhira in seperate incidents on Sunday, over poor results in the Junior School Certificate (JSC) exam.
In Chandpur, Farzana Akhter, 15, a student of Pir Mohsin Municipality Girls' High School in Chandpur town, committed suicide by taking poison after learning that she failed the exam, according to family members.
Ferdousi Akhter, 15, a student of Paikpara UGP High School in Faridganj upazila, also committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her room after returning from the school, claimed her mother Samsunnahar Jotsna Begum.
Her classmates had told her that she failed the exams, but it was later discovered that she actually passed with a B grade.
On receiving the information, teams from Chandpur police station took the bodies of the two girls into custody.
Two more schoolgirls reportedly attempted suicide over their dismal performance in the JSC exam.
Nasima, 13, daughter of Nasu Miah from Charkalia village in Matlab upazila, and Nasrim, 16, from Baghra sustained injuries in the suicide attempt and are now receiving treatment at Chandpur General Hospital, according to hospital sources.
Meanwhile in Satkhira, another JSC candidate, Shamima Akhter Sheuly, reportedly committed suicide after the JSC results were published.
Satkhira Sadar police staion Officer-in-Charge Subir Dutt confirmed the matter.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over the results of the JSC and JDC examinations to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence on Saturday morning.
A total 83.65% of students passed this year’s Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dhakil Certificate (JDC) examinations, which is 9.41% lower than that of the previous year.