324 KCPE marks scorer commits suicide

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 5 Dec, 2019 12:38 | < 1 min read
A Class Eight pupil writing KCPE exam. [PHOTO | FILE]
A Class Eight pupil writing KCPE exam. [PHOTO | FILE]
A Class Eight pupil writing KCPE exam. [PHOTO | FILE]

By David Musundi

A boy who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam this year was found dead in the family’s compound in Trans Nzoia county, in what is believed to be suicide, after he was allegedly put to pressure by his mother to repeat Class Eight.

The former Ngonyek Primary School pupil, who had scored 324 marks out of 500, was found hanging on a tree with a rope around his neck.

His mother, who was dissatisfied with the results, had reportedly asked him to repeat so he could score better marks and secure a place in a national school.

County Police Commander Ayub Gitonga described the incident as absurd, saying they had launched investigations.

He suspected the 14-yearold pupil hanged himself with a rope at night.

The police chief said the deceased could not withstand immense pressure from his parent.

The body was taken to Kitale County Referral Mortuary.