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Stress of early GCSE exams drives schoolgirl, 15, to take her own life watch

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    A bright teenage girl who died after she was found unconscious at her school had left a note complaining about the stress of taking exams.

    Tina Dziki, 15, collapsed at her school in Streatham, south London, after taking a suspected overdose two days before she was due to take GCSEs a year early. A groundsman at Dunraven School discovered her at about 8am on Monday and she was taken to St George's Hospital, Tooting, where she died that evening. Her mother and her stepfather were at her bedside. It is thought she may have taken an overdose of anti-malaria tablets.

    The Year Ten pupil was one of the brightest in her year and was due to take maths and religious education GCSEs a year early. She would have taken one of the exams yesterday.

    Dunraven School principal Richard Townsend said the teenager, who was of Polish origin, was found "very unwell" in a recreation area in part of the upper school site early on Monday morning. A note was found nearby in which she talked about the stress of facing the exams.

    Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious. A post-mortem examination will take place at St George's Hospital today. An inquest is to be arranged.

    Dunraven is a co-educational Foundation School with GCSE results above the national average. It has been praised by Ofsted inspectors as "very good", for achieving high standards of academic success. Many pupils come from underprivileged backgrounds but teachers were praised for overcoming difficulties with close monitoring of attendance and discipline. It recently opened a new sixth form with £3m of government money. There are up to 10 applications for each place.


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    I think people like that should put exams into perspective.
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    I thought no one will have stress for GCSE (since it is easy) plus she is very bright..
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    (Original post by etomac)
    I thought no one will have stress for GCSE (since it is easy) plus she is very bright..
    Most people do get stressed about GCSEs, because they're the first exams you do that really count. Some people just cope with pressure better I guess, maybe she felt she didn't want to let her school, or family down. I think it's a fairly ridiculous thing to take your life over though, exams really aren't everything.
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    I took some GCSEs early and had no with it problem, actually it reduced the pressure in year 11 because I already had a couple in the bag. She probable put the pressure on herself, it's not the fault of the exams. Or maybe she blamed the exams for other pressures?
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    I agree
    but if you are an A-Grade student and you saw Cs + some fail on your mock, what will you feel?
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    We are too over-tested, all you have to do is search for some recent threads regarding GCSE and AS-/A-Level and you'll see the stress and worry that people are going through.

    I don't agree with such testing, but what alternative do we have? We have a shortage of good job, without testing it adds more competition to these jobs and leaves the employers clueless. You could argue that we should test later on, maybe at 18 and I would say this is a better idea however the amount of emphasis on these tests would be too huge.

    The fact is we need to take exams, and the only thing we can do to prevent a large amount of stress and suicide is to make sure, those under the compulsary age of 16 actually want and are ready to take these exams.
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    I don't understand why everyone should not take IQ tests instead because I don't feel that GCSE's and A levels really tests how intelligent someone is to be honest
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    (Original post by Cellardore)
    I don't understand why everyone should not take IQ tests instead because I don't feel that GCSE's and A levels really tests how intelligent someone is to be honest
    Nor do IQ tests really. It's virtually impossible to measure intellegence, it tends to come down to how well we know exam techniques. I think the system we have at the moment is profoundly flawed, but I can't think of a better one.
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    In general, the smarter/more work concious you are, the more you worry about exams.
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    It's quite worrying really, as now they are saying now that graduates don't have any more advantage of getting a job than someone with an apprentice .
    I watched a documentary on this and someone had got a masters in marine science and still couldn't get a job so he had to start again and now he's a craftsman
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    (Original post by Cellardore)
    It's quite worrying really, as now they are saying now that graduates don't have any more advantage of getting a job than someone with an apprentice .
    I watched a documentary on this and someone had got a masters in marine science and still couldn't get a job so he had to start again and now he's a craftsman
    Mmm. I think a lot of us will find it very hard to get a job. But what can you do???
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    (Original post by Cellardore)
    I watched a documentary on this and someone had got a masters in marine science and still couldn't get a job so he had to start again and now he's a craftsman
    And do the bloody government tell us that? All young people get told is "on average degree holders earn £xxxx,xxxx more than non-degree holders", "there's a job for everyone, do something you're interested in... it doesn't matter if it's useless" and "we want 50% of people to go into higher education".

    Pathetic.
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    did GCSE Religious Studies a year early with two years work
    did GCSE Photography a year early with the whole syllabus compressed into one year

    although was stressful at time, I wouldn't kill myself over it

    in fact, I'm glad I got those two out the way so I can concentrate on the other 10 subjects I am doing
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    I'd prefer to have 10 Cs and be alive than nothing and be dead.
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    whys everyone presuming that its the pressure of her gcse's when it could have been a whole multitude of things
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    (Original post by James_W)
    whys everyone presuming that its the pressure of her gcse's when it could have been a whole multitude of things
    Of course, but this was clearly the icing on the cake because it would be a coincidence that she killed herself at this point.
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    Exactly - a coincidence... not 'clearly' - obviously by the way it was written, you can see the article just wants to raise an issue about exams and pressure. All I'm saying is, don't be quick to assume things.
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    Sorry... but I'm standing by my comment here Pig... she may have mentioned the exams in her note, but it could have been a variety of different things to which the article isn't telling us about.
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    I suspect she blamed the exams because she didn't want to blame her parents for being too pushy maybe.. or whatever else was going on in her life at the time.
 
 
 
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