Achievement Above All Else

The pressure to excel in school affects students around the world—but for a new generation of ambitious girls in India the pressure is particularly acute.

Good grades are “like hard currency for someone who’s poor,” said Safeena Husain. At the Skoll World Forum, the Educate Girls founder spoke of a 16-year-old who killed herself after failing her exams—and she wasn’t the only one.    

In 1 state, at least 19 students committed suicide after failing national exams.

But despite India’s relatively high rates of youth suicide, it isn’t regarded as a public health crisis, notes Vikram Patel, a professor of global health at Harvard.

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