Flunking pupil takes own life

2012-12-05 00:00

A GRADE 10 pupil of Heather Secondary School killed himself on Monday, apparently after he found out that he had flunked his exams.

The Witness has learned that the boy hanged himself at his parents’ house and was discovered by his mother.

The boy’s parents were too traumatised to talk.

School principal Lovey Moodley said the year-end reports were ready by Monday, and that the 15-year-old’s mother had arrived to fetch his report that day.

“Unfortunately, he did not pass. The class teacher had spoken to the pupils before the results were even made available. It’s so unfortunate that he has done this because he still had an opportunity to repeat the grade and do well,” said Moodley.

He said this was the first time something like this had happened at his school.

Moodley advised parents to sit their children down and motivate them even before the year-end results were released.

“It’s not the end of the world if a pupil does not make it through to the next grade. We need to have counsellors at schools to prepare the pupils so that when the results are made available, incidents of this nature are prevented,” he said.

According to head of Kwa­Zulu-Natal Childline, Linda Naidoo, sometimes children try too hard to please their parents and go through enormous pressure.

She said pupils become disillusioned about the results, which was normal. But ending one’s life was not an option.

She stressed that pupils needed to speak to someone.

“It’s painful that a child took his life,” Naidoo added.

She said children should be made to understand that there would be other opportunities, and they they should therefore never give up.

“Endurance builds character and we learn better the second time around,” she added.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they were saddened to learn about the incident.

“As a parent, when you send your child to school you hope that they’ll grow up to be something and you don’t expect that they’ll take their lives because they failed,” he said.

The department urged all pupils, including matriculants, not to take extreme measures if they don’t attain the desired results.

The boy will be buried today.

• If you need to talk, call Childline Helpline on 0800 055 555.

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