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15-year-old JHS graduate commits suicide over school choice

A 15-year-old Isaac Arhin Junior High School (JHS) graduate has committed suicide by hanging at Agona Asafo in the Agona East District of the Central region for not getting his school of choice.

 Isaac Arhin had completed Junior High School(JHS) in Tema and obtained aggregate 20 but the computer selection School Placement System (CSSPS) placed him at Kwahu Tafo in the Eastern region.

According to information gathered the deceased was placed in the Eastern region instead of his selected choice in the central region. The family complained of no money to purchase a few items he needed to enable him to attend school.

Georgina Boabeng, a sister of the deceased said the boy was living with his uncle in Tema where he completed the 2019 BECE.

She added that Boabeng came home to his father without the consent of his uncle and upon arrival, his father asked him to learn tailoring but he declined to say he wanted to go to senior high school.

She stated that the family members at Asafo had indicated that they did not have enough resources to send him to senior high school. Though free, they needed to buy some items before they could send him.

He later complained that his parents were not willing to send him to secondary school and at about 5 AM of the said morning, the deceased told her that he was very hungry but was told food vendors were not ready. She later left the house to collect money from someone who was indebted to her.

Upon her return, the door was locked. She knocked several times but there was no answer. With the help of a passer-by, she broke down the door, only to find the lifeless body of the boy hanging in the room.

She said a report was made to the Agona Swedru District Police Command, led by Chief Inspector Opoku- Mensah who went to the scene to retrieve the body and deposited it at Swedru Municipal Government Hospital mortuary for autopsy.

Chief Inspector Opoku- Mensah told the media later that investigations were on-going to unravel the mystery behind the boy’s suicide.

By Esther Ankrah

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