Women Legislators Storm Ministry Over Death of Girl, 14

  • Nairobi woman representative Esther Passaris and other women MPs on Thursday, September 11 camped at Magoha's Ministry of Education in protest over the death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

    In a tweet from her official twitter page at 6.30 PM, she stated that the women legislators had camped at the Ministry of Education seeking audience with the CS for education.

    The girl is reported to have committed suicide on a schoolday after her teacher allegedly ridiculed her for soiling her dress during her periods because she lacked sanitary towels.

    The pupil at Kabiangek Primary School in Konoin Constituency was found hanging from a tree last Friday.

    Passaris and other female legislators at the Ministry of Education in protest over the teacher who led to a student's suicide by shaming her over her periods.
    Passaris and other women legislators at the Ministry of Education in protest against the teacher who allegedly led a student to suicide by shaming her over her periods.

    According to the mother, her daughter's periods had started on Friday of the preceding week when she was in class and the teacher chased her out.

    “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.

    She committed suicide that evening leading to protests by parents at the school.

    The placard wielding parents condemned the teacher's action, making it clear that it was wrong to humiliate the young girl for staining her school dress.

    “It was very inhumane for the teacher to humiliate her, and that is the reason she hanged herself. The teacher should take responsibility,” one of the parents explained.

    On his part, the school's headteacher, John Kosile, maintained that he was not in a position to comment on the matter as it was currently under investigation by local police.

    Konoin County Police Commander Alex Shikondi affirmed the incident, going on to disclose that the young girl left school at 10 a.m. on the fateful day, only to be found hanging from a tree a few metres from her home.

    Screenshot by Nairobi woman rep Esther Passaris stating that they had camped at the Ministry of Education Office.
    Screenshot by Nairobi woman rep Esther Passaris stating that they had camped at the Ministry of Education Office.

    "She did not leave a note explaining the reasons for her action,” the police commander stated.

    Five of the protesting parents were taken into custody as they brought the school to a standstill baying for the blood of the teacher.

    Our calls to the Nairobi Women Rep went unanswered.