A teenage boy of Nigerian descent was found dead, hours after collecting his GCSE exam results in the UK. His death, which may be as a result of anxiety disorder, may not be unconnected with parental pressure put on him to do well in well in school.
Reports have it that the death of Temidayo Joseph (pictured), who was also known as Simon or Dayo, was announced on Friday morning by Ockendon Academy near Thurrock, Essex, where he was a pupil.
The 16-year-old school boy who was a talented footballer and athlete, had been at the school on Thursday to collect his results.
In the statement on the school’s website, it said: ‘It is with great sadness we have to tell you of the death of one of our students, 16-year-old Temidayo Joseph.
‘We wish to extend our deepest sympathy for Dayo’s family, friends and the whole school community at this difficult time.
‘To help people come to terms with this tragic event, the academy will offer its fullest support and counselling.
‘Of course our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
‘The Academy will be open on Saturday 23rd August from 9am to 11am for those members of our community who wish to pay their respects to Dayo Joseph.’
After the news was announced, one of his fellow pupils spoke about the ‘pressure’ they felt to do well in their exams.
@BaileyKing26_ tweeted: ‘Wonder how Mrs **** feels after all the moans about having to do good in exams putting so much pressure on people. Look what has happened ??’
He added: ‘Can’t believe what results day does to people. It means nothing.
‘He had the rest of his life to look forward too. RIP Dayo. Sleep well.’
Recently, a psychologist in the UK, Prof Tanya Byron said that parental pressure on children to do well in exams has led to an increase in children being treated for anxiety.
“I’m thinking about a lot of young women I see from private all-girls’ schools who are presenting with a number of anxiety disorders, such as anorexia, depression and self-harm,” Prof Byron, who was commissioned by the Government in 2007 to do a report on the impact of the focus on the digital on children, told the Ham and High newspaper.
“I see children who become school-phobics, the fear of failure becomes so intense they cannot cope with even going to school.”
She said the fear experienced by children is driven by parents and schools in a growing focus on targets and testing in education.
Additional reports from Daily Mail