Young students “mental breakdown” over UK exams

Young students, aged 10 and 11, are going in to “complete meltdown” over exams in the UK

Children as young as 10 are suffering from stress, anxiety and mental health problems as they go in to “complete meltdown” over exams and testing at schools, teachers have warned.

A new report by the National Union of Teachers says teachers says the problem is at “unprecedented levels” with young students becoming sick during tests, becoming depressed, self-harming or even attempting suicide.

The report says that competitive parents are making the problem even worse, and that the heavy testing of children in the UK school system is leading to problems of low motivation and self-esteem if the rigid testing system leaves a child with a low performance.

 

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