Girl With Albinism Who Scored 347 Marks Rejected In 5 Schools.
15-year-old Winnie Jelimo, who completed her KCPE examination in March 2021, and scored 347 marks says she has so far visited five schools to seek admission in vain.
Speaking to TUKO, Jelimo said at the last school she visited, the school principal declined to admit her saying they have no vacancy for people living with albinism.
“The principal informed my father that they don’t admit people living with albinism. I was hurt so much, but my father tried to be strong for me. I have never faced any discrimination due to my skin, even during my primary school life,” Jelimo explained
After studying her primary education at Ilula Primary School in Eldoret, Jelimo hoped to join Chepterit Secondary school in Nandi county.
Now her dream of becoming a doctor is fading away each day. “My colleagues have secured their admissions to join Form One in various secondary schools, but I am left wondering what I did wrong to deserve this,” Jelimo posed.
According to her father, Samwell Kipruto, Jelimo was called to join The Salvation Army Likoni, a school for the blind, but she could not go there since she is not blind.
“Am still wondering how she ended up being called there, yet she is not blind. She also didn’t register as a blind pupil. She did her exams like other normal pupils.Though we have not sought admission in Chepterit High School due to financial constraints, that was her dream school,” the father stated.
“We have tried to secure an admission slot for her in several secondary schools in vain. Many have said they cannot admit her due to her condition. I think albinism should not be the reason to deny her the right to education. I have another daughter who is living with albinism. Does this mean that she will also go through this?” he posed.
The father is now appealing to the well-wishers to come to her daughter’s aid so that she can secure admission to her dream school and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.