Society / Education
Thursday, 07 Jul 2016 21:27 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Kabarnet Boys High School in Baringo County was closed indefinitely on Monday night after students attempted to burn two dormitories. Security guards managed to extinguish fire at one dormitory which was set ablaze by students around 6.30pm.
The students were reportedly protesting the decision by Principal Julius Mambili that they will forgo the half term break due to their recent long absence from school following another strike.
The students, who reported back after the strike barely two weeks ago, were expecting to break for half term last Thursday. However, this did not happen, and the management informed them on Monday that there would be no break until the end of the term.
The students became rowdy immediately after supper, demanding an assurance from the management that they would break for a long weekend including half term and Iddul-Fitr. They set one dormitory on fire, but security guards managed to put the fire off using extinguishers at the school.
Police officers were called to the school to calm the calm the riotous students down, but they became only more rowdy. In protest, some students went to bed in the middle of the melee, rejecting the routine of night preps.
However, by midnight, fire alarms were sounded as one dormitory was being gutted by fire believed to have been caused by the students. More than 20 boxes and 30 beds were destroyed in the fire.
The director of education in Baringo County, Mr Daniel Mosbei, confirmed the closure of the school and said his office had put it under surveillance given the recent unrest by students.
The school was closed last month after a student died in a septic tank. Investigations are still ongoing into the incident, with the management maintaining that the student committed suicide.
Efforts to reach Principal Mambili on phone were futile.