February 25th 2018

Society / Education

No respite in the burning of schools as four institutions go down in a week

Friends Kigame Secondary School in Vihiga County, Highway Secondary in Nairobi, Kirege Secondary in Tharaka Nithi and Mbaga Secondary School in Siaya have also been burned down by students.

By Oscar NdundaWednesday, 07 Sep 2016 15:52 EAT

A school dormitory on fire. Parents have been forced to dig deeper in their pockets to repair damages caused by students.

Several secondary schools have been set ablaze just days after the institutions closed for the third term. The news will come as a shock to Kenyans who were beginning to think that the wave of school burning by students witnessed last term had come to an end.

More than 100 schools were torched last term, with parents having to carry the burden of repairing the damages caused by their children. A number of students were arrested and charged in court for various crimes.

Four schools have been torched this term, with the latest incident being the Friends Kigama Secondary in Vihiga County which where the students torched their dormitories.

Vihiga County Director of Education Francis Mahasi confirmed the incident and said investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire that left several dormitories destroyed.

Highway Secondary School in Nairobi, Kirege Secondary School in Tharaka Nithi County and Mbaga Secondary School in Siaya have also been burned down by students.

The teachers' union KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion has previously accused Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i of helping worsen the recent unrest in secondary schools by instituting reforms that Sossion termed as reckless.

The reforms included changes to the term dates and the prohibition of prayers for candidates registered for national examinations. Matiang’i insists that the current reforms carried on the term dates will help curb exam leakage and cheating.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press

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