A Hyderabad School is receiving flak after it put up a board announcing the ‘toppers’ of its Nursery, Kinder Garden and Lower Kinder Garden classes. The list features photos of kids who topped their class. Netizens have now accused the school of allegedly ‘promoting’ and pushing the toddlers into the "Rat Race" and pressurising them.
A Twitter user uploaded a picture of the hoarding that was put up by Priya Bharti School. The tweet has enraged netizens. According to popular opinions on social media, the school was criticised for allegedly pitting the children against each other in a fit to compete as such a tender age. Below are some of the tweets shared by users
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ridiculous, let them play and have fun. We urgently need regulatory mechanism for pre-schools in the country.— sunisha (@sunishaahuja) September 29, 2019
Another user called for the school to be banned and accused the teachers of seemingly killing their childhood:
These schools should be banned. Just imagine the pressure on children who couldn't make it here and their parents who take this as a matter of pride. These are not teachers but killers of childhood.— Dhiraj SIngla (@DhirajSIngla15) September 29, 2019
Another person was quoted saying that it’s not only the school but also the parents who promote such behaviour
Unbelievable. But Why only blame them. Am sure some parents must be queuing up to admit their children there. Overall mindset needs change— kannannatraj (@kannannatraj) September 29, 2019
It has been said by several netizens that India already has a very toxic culture that pressurises students into achieving exceptional results. India also has one of the world’s highest suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 29, according to a 2012 Lancet report. However, the pressure is not only on the students of higher classes, but it is also becoming slowly more apparent that the same effects are visible among Primary schools as well.