A Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidate took his own life in Homa Bay County after emerging second in an internal assessment test.
Reports indicate that Clinton Okech Ojunga, a pupil at Olodo Primary School in Homa Bay Sub-County killed himself using a sisal rope in the school compound on Sunday.
Okech, who had been a bright pupil and took the top position in various examinations this year, reportedly committed suicide after feeling frustrated with the defeat to a rival.
He ranked second out of 26 candidates after scoring 372 marks in the third term assessment tests. The top candidate scored 373 marks out of the possible 500.
The 15-year-old boy is said to have gone to school on Sunday midday and committed suicide at the centre of the classroom where he used to learn.
The school Head Teacher, Elisha Nyandege, said the boy never used the main school gate while entering from home because nobody saw him.
“I was called by a security guard that the boy had committed suicide. I stopped church service and rushed to the school. We found him already dead,” said Mr Nyandege.
The pupil also left a message on the blackboard which read: “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, it is forcing me 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.”
According to the headteacher, other factors, not just academic pressures, may have forced the boy to take his own life.
“The boy comes from Migori County but he used to live with his aunt in this village. I have been told that he recently sent an SMS telling his father to stop listening to hearsay,” said the head teacher.
his body was taken to Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.
The incident happened as Kenyans joined the world in marking the World Suicide Prevention Day.