OAU student commits suicide over poor grades
Her name was Opeyemi Grace Dara
She committed suicide by drinking sniper
The deceased had 17 carryover courses
School authorities confirmed she took her own life as a result of depression from her poor record.
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) community on Saturday was thrown into mourning following the death of a final year student, Opeyemi Grace Dara.
The deceased was said to be a student of Faculty of Arts, Department of English Language, who allegedly committed suicide after taking a drinking ‘snipper‘, a poisonous brand of pesticide.
News Agency of Nigeria learnt that she killed herself following her poor academic grades/records, although the details of the alleged suicide were still not clear.
The authorities of the institution confirmed that the deceased died of suicide following depression occasioned by poor academic records.
Dara’s academic records obtained indicated that she had five outstanding courses and 12 special electives.
When contacted by SAHARA REPORTERS, the Public Relations Officer of OAU, Abiodun Olanrewaju, confirmed the incident and promised that the institution would investigate and make its findings public.
Olarewaju appealed to students not to contemplate killing themselves because of poor academic performance,
“We sympathize with the parents and guardian of the deceased known as Dara. We just want our students and young ones to know that depression is not a thing they should encourage, no matter the situation or circumstance they find themselves.
“Some people in the past have passed through the same situation and circumstances and came out clean.
“Now, suicide can never be an option and people, especially the young ones who believe that taking their own lives is an act of gallantry should know that it is not.
“We want to appeal to students, particularly OAU students to take things easy. Any child that fails; that is why the university says you can rerun a course, you can resit a course.
“People out there also face challenges and when you are in school, failure or repetition of a course or particular subject is also part of the challenges students must face.
“The university will get to the root of the incident and get back to the public,” Olarewaju said.
Source: Sahara Reporters