Two Students Attempt Suicide Over Bullying By A Prefect

Though prefects are mean’t to bridge the gap between teachers and students, a prefect at All Souls Mission High School in Mutoko bullied Two Form three pupils aged 16 into attempting suicide this Tuesday.

The two victims of bullying took an overdose of tablets and were rushed to Louisa Guidoti Hospital where they were treated and discharged on Wednesday morning.

Mashonaland East Provincial Education Director Mrs Anatoria Ncube confirmed the incident, and added that investigations are underway to establish what exactly happened.

Mutoko District Education Office has also dispatched a team to the school to investigate what happened.

Bullying has become a major source of worry at most schools with Primary and Secondary Education Minister Honourable Cain Mathema urging learning institutions to put in place mechanisms to curb the social ill.

Last year, three pupils from Mutero High School in Gutu, Masvingo were given three months jail sentences for bullying. The sentences were, however, wholly suspended.

The incident comes also at a time when cases of suicide among teenagers have been on the increase countrywide.

Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.


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