Tuesday, April 16, 2024

JKUAT student commits suicide after being denied US scholarship

Police are investigating an incident in which a first-year student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of a five-floor hostel building.

The Saturday, March 30 incident is reported to have happened days after the student who was undertaking a course in Computer Science received a rejection letter from a University in the US where he had applied for a scholarship.

It also emerged that the deceased had also applied for a visa as he awaited a response from the institution.

After receiving the rejection letter, he went ahead to inform his father, who promptly responded by visiting the student at the hostel to calm him down.

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However, this was not enough, as the student jumped off the building a moment after the father left the hostel. Well-wishers rushed to the scene swiftly, but their efforts to save his life were futile.

His body was moved to the Thika Level 5 Hospital for preservation, awaiting postmortem.

Jomo Kenyatta University Student Association (JKUSA) Secretary General Timothy Gitonga revealed that the deceased passed away at 8 pm on Saturday with the family confirming the same.

“It is on a sad note I have to announce the death of one of our students let’s pray for the family. It is a sad day for us,” he stated.

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