17-Year-Old Commits Suicide over Poor PLE Results

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Relatives say Okot refused to share in the family meal after learning about his dismal performance and instead preferred to isolate himself. He was later discovered pulsating in pain and rushed to Kitgum Main Hospital for treatment. Doctors at Kitgum Main Hospital told family members that Okot had consumed pesticide.

A 17 year old boy is confirmed dead in Kitgum Main Hospital where he was rushed after taking poison.  Okot John Moses Lakalu was irked by his poor performance in the recently released Primary Leaving Examinations.

Fred Okot, the father of the deceased says his son obtained aggregates 31 in the national exams. He was saddened to learn however that his sibling scored aggregates 15.

Relatives say Okot refused to share in the family meal after learning about his dismal performance and instead preferred to isolate himself. He was later discovered pulsating in pain and rushed to Kitgum Main Hospital for treatment. Doctors at Kitgum Main Hospital told family members that Okot had consumed pesticide.

The father states that doctors had earlier declared the son out of danger but his condition later worsened when he developed breathing complications and was put on oxygen.

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Palodi Justine, the head teacher of Uganda Martyrs Centenary Primary school where Okot studied said the deceased had failed his PLE selection tests while at the school. He was encouraged to take time and sit his exams in 2014 although he did not heed to the advice.

His father opted to let him sit his final exams from Lumule Primary school in Kitgum Matidi in 2013. He says he allowed him to sit to give him hope. However Okot learnt about his dismal performance shortly after UNEB released the results of the examinations last week.

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Police say it is the second case of suicide in two weeks. Last week, a resident of Ayul A village was found hanging dead from his roof. Police forced their way into the house when they found the door to his house tightly locked from inside. There was no suicide note found to explain the reason behind his suicide.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.