TSC statement on pupil’s death angers MPs

TSC statement on pupil’s death angers MPs. [File, Standard]
MPs were angered yesterday by a statement from the teachers’ employer, blaming the suicide of a pupil on her mother’s drinking habits.

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in a statement said the death of the 14-year-old girl was linked to her mother’s drinking problem and not menstrual shaming as reported.

The statement read by chairman of the Education committee Julius Melly raised tempers as lawmakers claimed that it was tailored to protect a teacher alleged to have shamed Jackline Chepngeno for soiling her clothes with her menses.

The incident happened at Kabiangek Primary School in Konoin on September 6.

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TSC alleged that the girls’ mother and grandmother were alcoholics, while defending the teacher and the school over the girl’s death.

“Jackline’s parents separated a long time ago. He mother and all her siblings were staying at her maternal grandmother’s place. Unfortunately for Jackine, both her mother an grandmother are addicted to alcohol. It is Jackine who had the responsibility to undertake all the family’s chores.” read the report.

“According to the statements given by her classmates, the class teacher, Madam Jenifer Jemutai, did not scold or ridicule Jackline for soiling her school uniform.”

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The statement also said the school had provided sanitary towels to its pupils at the time of the incident.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo wondered how alcoholism in the family could lead to the death of the teenager. She regretted that girls had become victims of ridicule for natural body processes.

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The MPs urged deeper investigations by police into the matter.

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