A 15-yer-old girl who sat the 2020 KCPE has committed suicide over unknown reasons one week before the results are announced.
Esther Kemunto Omaya, a resident of Nyagetugo Village in Manga Sub-County, Nyamira ended her life by hanging herself.
The deceased sat her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams at Kiabira Primary School.
Manga Sub-County police commandant Gabriel Mwangangi stated that her body was discovered hanging from a sisal rope tied to the roof of a store near her parents’ house.
The victims brother revealed tha her sister took her own life shortly after they had lunch and no note was found.
Kemunto’s body was taken to Kisii County Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary for preservation.
“My sister had not shown any signs of depression. She was always jovial,” said Kemunto’s elder sibling.
Authorities in Nyamira have expressed concern over the increased cases of suicide in the county.
“Families should be sensitised on how to handle depression,” said Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba.
This comes barely a day after Education CS George Magoha announced that the KCPE results will be released in the next two weeks.
Education CS George Magoha said that marking of the KCPE multiple choice examinations was complete.
Focus now shifting to marking composition and insha papers for about 1.18 million candidates that sat for the exams in mid-March.
“As far as KCPE is concerned, the results will be out within the next two weeks. Should there be any change for any reason, we will let you know,” said Magoha
The CS assured stakeholders of the integrity of the KCSE exams, adding that the ministry has so far thwarted instances of irregularities in various places.
He called on parents and teachers to shun fake papers circulating supposedly as leaked KCSE exams.
KCSE exams are set to be completed on March 26, 2021