A 16-year-old from Westwood Secondary School committed suicide after getting his O level result on Friday (Jan 12). According to media reports, the boy who was wearing his school uniform was found dead at around 3.43pm at the foot of Blk 276D Jurong West Street 25.
States Times Review will not reveal his identity as it is inappropriate. Police investigations are ongoing.
According to earlier media reports, the number of 5 O Level subjects passes is at 83.4% this year, a 3-year-low compared to previous results. A total of 29,112 candidates sat for the O Level last year, and those who are not able to pass at least 5 subjects, at about 4,832 of the candidates, will not be able to proceed to polytechnic or junior college studies.
Due to Singapore’s elitist society, those who attend ITEs or repeat O levels have a steep ladder to climb as O level results affects local university admission and employment opportunities. According to the suicide prevention agency SOS, suicides of Singapore teens, aged between 13 to 19, reached the highest in 15 years in 2016. There were 13 reported teenager suicides in 2014, the figure doubled to 27 in 2015.
*If you are feeling suicidal, talking to anyone may help. There are volunteers at SOS who are willing to lend a listening ear 1800 221 4444 or write an email to [email protected] Your privacy is will be safeguarded.