Hyderabad, April 25: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday reportedly reprimanded state's education minister and officials after as many as 20 students committed suicide allegedly after they failed to clear the intermediate (class XII) examination. Since the declaration of the TSBIE results 2019, 20 students have taken the extreme step, prompting KCR to call for an emergency meeting.

During the meeting, KCR directed the officials to hold free of cost revaluation and recounting of failed students' results. At present, a student needs to pay Rs 600 for revaluation and recounting. The chief minister also asked the officials to conduct advanced supplementary examinations so that those who failed don't suffer a year loss, News18 reported. The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) declared results on April 18.

Expressing shock over deaths, KCR appealed students who to clear the intermediate examination not to resort to suicide. "Intermediate education is not the entire life. Failing in examination does not amount to failing in life. Life is precious," he was quoted as saying. Nearly 10 lakh students appeared for the intermediate examination this year. Out of these, 3.28 lakh failed which is nearly one-third of the total.

Earlier, the Congress wrote a letter to KCR demanding suspension of the TSBIE Secretary over "callous and corrupt practices" in the final results released by the board. "Nearly 25 students are reported to have committed suicide due to the faulty results published by the TSBIE. Now, who should be made responsible for the deaths of 30 odd students? And who will compensate the agony caused to thousands of parents?" the letter said.

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