In Summary
  • The young girl thought being a woman, her teacher was going to have mercy and advise her in private.
  • The teacher embarrassed and humiliated her before the entire class, her mother Beatrice Koech says.
  • On Tuesday, parents stormed the school, protesting police inaction four days after the case was reported.

Friday, September 6, 2019, started off as a normal school day for 14-year-old Jackline Chepngeno.

She rose with high energy, took a shower, enjoyed her breakfast and trekked to Kabiangek Primary School in Konoin Sub-County, Bomet County.

In high moods and at peace with herself, Jackline, a Standard Six pupil, enjoyed lessons until the third one.

Young, innocent and with no prior experience of menstruation, her maiden period caught her by surprise.

SOILED UNIFORM

Her female classmates say she was confused after soiling her uniform and hardly concentrated, attracting the attention of the female teacher.

The young girl thought being a woman, her teacher was going to have mercy and advise her in private.

She was wrong.

The teacher embarrassed and humiliated her before the entire class, her mother Beatrice Koech says.

According to the parent, the teacher said the girl was “dirty” for soiling her dress and kicked her out.

NO PADS

“She had nothing to use as a pad. When the blood stained her clothes, she was told to leave the classroom and stand outside,” she said.

This case, once again, casts a spotlight on the Education ministry’s free sanitary towels programme for schoolgirls.

Humiliated, Jackline walked home with difficulty as she employed all tricks to hide her “little shame” from the public.

It is claimed that when the girl arrived home, she narrated the ordeal to her mother before going to fetch water from a nearby water pan.

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