JKUAT Issues Statement Over Students Who Committed Suicide for Missing Graduation

  • An image of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) university main gate.
    An image of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) university main gate.
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  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has called on the police to expedite investigations into the death of its students who allegedly died by suicide after failing to graduate.

    In a statement dated Friday, July 1, the institution confirmed that two of the three students were enrolled at the institution undertaking Strategic Management and BSc Business Computing. 

    However, they denied reports that the two reportedly took their own lives after missing out on graduation and urged the police to issue a preliminary report as investigations continued. 

    JKUAT argued that its own investigation ascertained that the duo's academic records were in order.

    Graduands attend a graduation ceremony organised by a Kenyan University.
    Graduands attend a graduation ceremony organised by a Kenyan University.
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    "According to the police report, their bodies were found in their respective hostels outside JKUAT. We convey our condolences to the families, friends and relatives of the deceased," JKUAT's statement read in part. 

    Nonetheless, the administration denied any connections to the third student whose death was linked to the institution. 

    'We wish to clarify that the third person who is also said to have died by suicide in Kiambu County, is not a JKUAT student. 

    "We are committed to the wellbeing of our students. This extends to providing comprehensive mental health services through in-house University counsellors and organizing students' initiatives within and without the university."

    The statement by the institution came days after the police launched investigations into the alleged suicide with friends and eyewitnesses alleging that the deceased were frustrated by their academic progress. 

    Police added that one of the students left a suicide note which will form part of the investigations as they unravel the mystery behind the deaths.

    Counsellors, medics, and psychologists advise that you can always reach out for help when experiencing any mental health issues. Call Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199 for support.

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