13-year-old commits suicide after failing primary school exams


A 13-year-old Zimbabwean boy, Tashinga Maraga last Friday committed suicide after realising he had failed his primary school final exams.

The Chegutu teenager drank poison for fear he will be assaulted by his mother, who had promised earlier to do so if he flunked his Grade 7 papers.  
Maraga, after collecting his results from his school-St Francis Primary School and realising that he had obtained 25 units, allegedly took an unknown poisonous substance. The effects of the poison set in as he walked back home and he fell unconscious by the roadside

He was found frothing at the mouth by a passer-by who took him to Chegutu District Hospital where he later died. Police were waiting for postmortem results. Insp Mabgweazara said precious life should not be lost unnecessarily and urged parents to communicate well with their children.

Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were still in progress. A suicide note revealed that Takunda’s mother had threatened to assault him if he did not get good grades.

“Fearing the threats of assault from his mother after getting 25 units in the Grade 7 examination, Takunda Maraga allegedly committed suicide by taking an unknown substance. Investigations are still in progress,” said Insp Mabgweazara.


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