Grief has hit a household in Migori County after a KCSE candidate chose to take her life for performing below the expectations of her parents in the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
The candidate, identified as Carren Ouma, sat her exams at Moi Nyabohanse Girls High School. It was the second time she was taking the examination after having a go at it in 2016.
Carren at that time took the exam at Osingo Secondary and scored a C minus, not reaching the university cut-off point of C plus.
The 22-year-old decided to have another go at the exams but still failed to reach the required score, scoring the same C minus score.
Upon receiving her scores, the KCSE candidate and her parents got into a quarrel about her performance as they castigated her. That lead to her plunging herself into the borehole.
Migori County Police Boss Joseph Nthenge said preliminary investigations established that Carren and her parents got into a fight.
“They started to quarrel her and castigated her on why she failed for a second attempt without getting university cut off point,” Mr. Nthenge said about the incident which happened around 11pm.
“The family was alerted by a younger sibling that the girl had threatened suicide after she left her parents still quarreling.”
The family then went out to look for the girl and found her dead in the well. The body was taken to Migori referral hospital mortuary.
The county police boss urged parents of candidates who have just received their KCSE results to avoid putting their children under unnecessary pressure due to their performance.
He called on parents to reason with their children asserting that performing below their expectation does not insinuate that the candidate has failed in life.