The concern expressed by the editorial “No time to die” (Nov. 26) over the growing number of suicides among the young, and its recommendations to tackle the menace merit serious consideration by governments. Part of the blame for the unfortunate practice should be shared by the education system which does not provide space for students to pursue their natural interests. We have dropped all pretensions of education being a vehicle of shaping the value system of students.

Left to themselves, many engineering students would have trained to become teachers, writers, musicians, journalists or painters. Late bloomers who need time to realise their potential are pushed early into the job market by their parents. The government should give a policy push to expand employment opportunities for the humanities stream.

T.K.S. Thathachari, Secunderabad

In the past, teachers instilled a sense of contentment in the minds of students. The youngsters thus had the ability to face failure as part of life. But, today, the constant pressure on students to remain at the top keeps them on tenterhooks. I know of a medical student who ended his life for losing the State first rank by less than a mark.

It is important to drive home the message that more than academic achievements, the ability to face life as it comes and living with whatever one earns are important.

S. Srimoolanathan, El Dorado Hills

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