Pupil drowns self after failing Grade

2011-12-11 12:17

Johannesburg - A teenager drowned himself in the Tontonyane village in Mahikeng after failing Grade 11, North West police said on Sunday.

The 19-year-old youth jumped into a dam, said spokesperson Duduzile Zwane.

"He left a letter at home for his father and sent a SMS to a police officer and fellow church member earlier in the day, informing them about the suicide," she said.

Police divers retrieved the body on Saturday.

The teenager had been a pupil at the Ramaine High School.

  • Dmitri - 2011-12-11 12:58

    Every year this time we read about these tragedies. What a waste of a life. Condolences to the family.

  • Sithando - 2011-12-11 12:59

    Depression is still not well spotted in our communities especially by our families and teachers.

  • celeste.degouveia - 2011-12-11 14:20


  • Richard - 2011-12-11 14:32

    19.. grade 11.. must have failed a few times..

      Pete - 2011-12-11 16:41

      Richard, It could also be that he started schooling late, but the major aspect of all these failures is the lack of quality in the educator. A great majority of them are not very literate

      emile.eley - 2011-12-11 16:58

      So what? At least this guy was trying.

      Dmitri - 2011-12-11 19:58

      @Emile, your comment re he is trying deserves more thumbs up that I can give you.

      Jerome - 2011-12-11 21:27

      Richard, I knew of brothers who alternated school years so that one worked to support the other in one year and swapped roles the next. Think before you post. It's so easy being uncaring when tragedy doesn't affect you.

  • bernpm - 2011-12-11 15:39

    Very sad....he might have been doing extremely well in other areas. The SA hype around the matric certificate does not cater for those gifted with higher manual skills than academic skills. The public frenzy about the annual results does not help either while the certificate itself seems to have devalued over the years according to University's comments.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-12-11 19:49

      Exactly, ultimately a matric certificate today means less than the paper it is printed on. There are people that have aptitudes in areas other than "book smarts".

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