Two girls commit suicide over KCPE results

Friday December 30 2011

Mercy Chebet was unhappy after attaining 145 out of 500 marks. Photo/FILE

Mercy Chebet was unhappy after attaining 145 out of 500 marks. Photo/FILE 

By BENEDICT TIROP and JACKLINE MORAA [email protected]

Two girls have committed suicide in separate incidents after receiving their KCPE exam results.

The two girls, Sylvia Wanjiku from Kathiani Constituency and Mercy Chebet from Kericho County, both aged 14 years, claimed they had performed poorly in the national exams.

Sylvia Wanjiku who scored 303 marks left a suicide note to her mother which read "Dear mum, I have let you down in this world without scoring 400 marks."

Relatives and neighbours said Mercy Chebet—who was a candidate at Ketitui Primary School—hanged herself after realising that she had scored 145 marks out of 500.

Mr Peter Bett, a resident of the deceased’s Ketitui Village, said the girl hanged herself using a lesso.

“She was in low spirits after checking her results,” he said.

He said the girl had jokingly told the parent that she was going to commit suicide because of the poor results but the warning was not taken seriously.

The mother was shocked to find the body of her daughter dangling from the roof of the house and immediately raised alarm which attracted the villagers.

Telanet Location Chief John Too called on parents to counsel their children who performed dismally to avert such incidents.