19 Indian students kill themselves after controversial examination results

Most university admissions in India are based on exams taken in 12th grade.

(CNN)Nineteen students have taken their own lives in the Indian state of Telangana since mid-April, after the release of intermediate examination results, officials say.

The state examination for 12th-graders has come under scrutiny. Hundreds of parents have protested the marking and evaluation of the test papers, which they say have resulted in students being awarded incorrect marks and, in many cases, failing the exams. Most university admissions are based on the examination.
    Some students have said that they appeared for exams but were marked absent or that they were awarded zero marks in specific subjects that they completed.
    Parents have blamed both the state Board of Intermediate Education, which is responsible for the examinations and their evaluation, and the Telangana government. The board contracted the evaluation of mark sheets to an outside firm, Globarena, which could not be reached for comment.
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