Asia is renowned for producing some of the best and brightest students in the world. Such academic achievement is often underpinned by parental pressure, strict discipline and relentless hard study.

In Hong Kong, the demand for extra tuition has turned cram or tutorial school teachers into rich celebrities. Yet some students have been driven to contemplate suicide as they try to make the grade.

101 East asks: What is the secret behind Asian students’ academic success and what happens when the pressure becomes too much?

Commissioned by Al Jazeera English for 101 East.