Girl commits suicide over matric results

2010-01-08 12:10

A SOWETO High School pupil hanged herself in Emndeni yesterday

after discovering she had failed matric, Johannesburg police said.

The girl was found hanging in the storeroom of her house and a

newspaper page listing matric results was lying on the floor, Captain Fezile

Malesa said.

She was a pupil at Thomas Mofolo High School.

“There was no suicide note, but we believe she committed suicide

after finding out that she failed her matric. A newspaper was found in the room

and on her we found a cellphone which had a message telling her she did not make

it,” Malesa said.

The 18-year-old girl lived with her elder sister and cousin in the

house in Emndeni. Police opened an inquest docket.

Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities

Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya expressed shock at the incident and conveyed her

condolences to the family.

The minister advised parents to support unsuccessful pupils and

urged pupils that had failed to try again. “Parents and families must support

learners who have been unsuccessful in their matric examination. It is in

difficult moments like these that our children need us most as parents.

“Let us help learners to understand that poor results do not mean

the end of the world. There is always an opportunity to try again and improve on

your educational outcomes.”

In a statement the Gauteng education department said MEC Barbara

Creecy would visit the family of the victim today at 2pm.

“The department would like to encourage all learners to never lose

hope. There are many alternatives that young people can explore, and university

entrance is not the only way to a fulfilling life.

“These alternatives include writing supplementary examinations,

redoing certain subjects or redoing the whole of matric. We also have Further

Education and Training colleges that can provide learners with an opportunity to

study for diplomas that can, with further study, enable them to qualify with


“During this time learners need support to deal with setbacks and

disappointment, and to help them understand that there is a lot more to


The department also urged parents, educators and pupils themselves

to look out for signs of depression and suicide among pupils, and, if necessary,

approach counsellors for assistance.

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