Friday, May 3, 2013

2 teens commit suicide over unfinished homework

Two Chinese teens took their lives after "failing to complete homework assignments" as required by their school, Agence France-Presse reports.

The report said two boys, aged 13 and 15, of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, who failed to complete their homeworks over the three-day public holiday, committed suicide.

The older boy jumped to his death around 11 a.m. on Thursday while the younger boy got up at 4 a.m. the same day to complete holiday assignments but was found hanged on a staircase at his home two hours later.

One of the boys left a suicide note saying he loved his parents, felt sorry for them, and hoped they could bring lilies (his favorite flower) to his grave.

China has a highly competitive education system that emphasizes rote learning and passing exams. Chinese students spend on average 8.6 hours a day in class and can expect several more hours of assignments afterwards.

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