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Why a Girl Took Her Live over Exams Results

‘Now I have failed in my examination and I do not know what to do next since the Ministry of Education has banned pupils who performed dismally in KCPE from repeating’
These were the last words of Mercy Chebet aged 14, who committed suicide in Kericho County
Grief and shock engulfed Ketitui village in Kericho District after a 14-year-old girl who scored 145 marks in this year’s KCPE committed suicide.
Mercy Chebet who was a former student of Ketitui Primary in Ainamoi Constituency hanged herself Thursday with a lesso inside their house.
Villagers said the girl went to the school at around 11pm accompanied by a friend to collect her results but was shocked to learn she had performed dismally.
"The girl went with her mother in the morning to pick tea at their family farm before going to the school to check her results and came back dejected," said a Mr David Langat.
He said the girl informed her mother she had performed dismally and jokingly told her she was going to commit suicide .She left her mother at the farm picking tea and went home where she hanged herself.
Telenat Location Chief John Too regretted the incident and said it was sad the girl took her life because of poor performance.
The administrator reported that the girl’s mother was shocked to find the lifeless body of her daughter dangling from the roof when went back home at 1pm.
"Neighbors who responded to the woman’s cry used a panga to cut the lesso before lowering the body of the teenager only to find that she had already died," he said.
Lessons from TYSA
Though this incident happened about 160 Kilometers away from where TYSA works, we are greatly concerned and touched by the incident
We at TYSA provide very close life skill training through football to help children appreciate different life expectations. The children are mentored to appreciate themselves and develop resilience in dealing with difficult live situation including failing to get expiated educational marks. Some of our children got less than the marks that made the girl commit suicide but due to proper mentorship and counseling, the girls are ready to go back to school and pick up their pieces.
I t is our desire to spread out to reach out to more children and support them overcome such incidences. Our project www.globalgiving.com/4327 (Education and Football Life skills) has proven to provide the much needed life skills to deal with hard life decisions. You could make a donation to support this project.

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