Search

ad

UK schoolchildren among unhappiest in the world

07:52 PM | 22 Aug, 2015
UK schoolchildren among unhappiest in the world
LONDON (Web Desk) - Schoolchildren in UK are among the unhappiest in the world , according to a new study.

Youngster here ranked 14th out of 15 countries for overall life satisfaction, just ahead of South Korea, with worryingly low scores for things like self-confidence and mental health.

English schoolchildren fared worse than those in several far poorer countries, including Ethiopia, Algeria and Romania.

English children ranked 14th out of 15 countries for overall life satisfaction, just ahead of South Korea, and scored low for aspects related to their "self" and school, according to research by the University of York in partnership with The Children's Society.

Romania came top, with just one in 100 (1.1%) of 10 and 12-year-olds saying they were unhappy with their "life as a whole", followed by Colombia, where it was one in 50 (2%). In England, one in 14 (7.1%) were unhappy.

The Good Childhood Report 2015, which examined 53,000 children's "subjective well-being" across 15 diverse countries, found levels of unhappiness at school increased with age, with less than half (43%) of year eights in England saying they enjoyed school compared to six out of 10 (61%) year six students.

The report also found worrying levels of bullying in English schools, with more than a third of students (38%) aged 10 and 12 reporting that they had been physically bullied in the past month.

Half (50%) said they had felt excluded at school.

English girls ranked second lowest for happiness with their body confidence, self-confidence and appearance, rating their satisfaction as 7.3 out of 10 on average.

This places them just above South Korea, with a mean score of 7.1.

Colombian girls topped the table for body confidence, with an average rating of 9.6, followed by Romania with 9.4.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of the charity, said English schools should be legally required to provide counselling and government funding for children's mental health should be increased.

He said: "It is deeply worrying that children in this country are so unhappy at school compared to other countries and it is truly shocking that thousands of children are being physically and emotionally bullied, damaging their happiness.

"School should be a safe haven, not a battleground."

Whilst the findings do not indicate why children in England feel more unhappy than others, Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers blamed poor mental health on the "narrow curriculum" and "exam factories" culture in schools.

Mr Courtney called on the Government to "consider seriously the impact of their policies on children's well-being".

He said: "Children can now expect to be branded 'failures' when barely into primary education, and many of those who undergo high-stakes tests and examinations at all stages of school life experience serious stress-related anxiety."

But a Department for Education spokeswoman said the Government was working hard to tackle the issue of mental health.

She said: "Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and all schools must have measures in place to tackle it.

"That is why we are providing more than £7 million to help schools tackle bullying head on.

"We are also promoting greater use of counselling in schools, improving teaching about mental health, and supporting joint working between mental health services and schools.

"This will ensure children can thrive both inside and out the classroom."

Courtesy: The Mirror

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

Advertisement

Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
 
26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

Advertisement

Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for Newsletter