A Kenya Certificate of Primary Education candidate has allegedly committed suicide in Homa Bay County for not performing well in a test.


The Class Eight pupil at Olodo Primary School was said to have hanged himself in the school compound at the weekend using a sisal rope.


The 15-year-old had been leading his fellow candidates in various internal examinations.However, when schools reopened for the second term, he was ranked second out of 26 candidates in an internal examination.

He scored 372 marks while the leading candidate scored 373 marks.

There was speculation that the KCPE candidate was angered by his performance. And on Saturday, he allegedly took a sisal rope at around midday, went to school, and committed suicide in his classroom.

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Sources said the boy used chalk to write on the blackboard, explaining that he was disappointment with his performance.

The note allegedly said:

”Congratulations to all my teachers who have been teaching me since I joined this school. It is not my fault to bid you goodbye but because of unavoidable circumstances, I’m forced to do so. It is useless to live without peace according to my gradual poor performance. To all candidates, best wishes in your exams. We shall meet again.”

But the headteacher disagreed that the boy had performed poorly.

Nyandege said the boy was bright and had been leading in all the exams since he joined the school in second term from Midida Primary School in Migori County, where he had enrolled for the KCPE examination.