A 14-year-old schoolgirl in Mombasa has committed suicide after her school insisted that she should repeat a class.
Rehema Kura was studying at Amani Primary School in Jomvu, Mombasa County. She had been reluctant to go back to school since schools reopened on Monday because she was asked to repeat Standard Six.
Her body was found dangling from the roof by her sister. Rehema’s mother, Sada Nganda, said that she last spoke to her daughter on Wednesday morning when she claimed that she was feeling unwell.
Her sister said that she did not want to repeat Standard Six. She said that Rehema complained to her several times since she received her end of year results which were low. Her mother, however, promised her that she would be transferred to another school.
Jomvu Sub-County Deputy Police Commander Jason Odhiambo said that police are investigating reports of school officials forcing pupils to repeat classes. Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has warned schools several times against forcing students to repeat classes.