Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has confirmed that the Ministry of Education will not bow to pressure from the rise of unrest cases to close all basic learning institutions immediately.
“It looks mundane and juvenile to burn a building. It is stupid, it’s primitive and must stop. We are not closing any schools,” stated the CS.
Speaking during a tour of schools in Machakos County on Monday, November 8, the CS further declared that students linked to fire incidents in schools will be blocked from joining public schools, the directive would help curb indiscipline cases experienced in schools.
In the last 24 hours more than eight schools have been torched down by arsonists.
On the evening of Sunday ,November 7 a dormitory housing more than 500 students at Maranda High school in Siaya County was razed down by an inferno.
The local residents and teachers joined the siaya county fire department to put out the fire that consumed a newly constructed dormitory.
It’s alleged that property worth millions were destroyed from the 10 pm incident .
On Monday morning the school was indefinitely closed by the school Principal Edwin Namachanja who informed the parents and guardians of the closure.
“This is to inform you that the school has been closed indefinitely and the boys released to go home” Chief Principal Namachaja indicated.
Today Morning ,Monday November 8 ,fire razed down a dormitory at Garrisa high school in Garrisa county.
The fire broke out shortly before the students started their classes at 8 am .
It took the intervention of a water vendor vehicle which aided in putting off the fire.
Police officers based in Garrisa have launched investigations into the real cause of the Monday morning incident
Elsewhere, More than 200 students at Chania Boys High school in Kiambu County had to seek alternative places to spend the night after their two dormitories went up in flames destroying property worth millions.
The fire is reported to have started in the wee hours of the night forcing the school management to hold the students in classes.
According to witnesses who declined to be named, the two dormitories were set ablaze by the students who were agitating to be allowed to go home.
“They had that their counterparts at Thika High school had been dismissed and were also demanding to be allowed to leave the school but it was too late in the night. The school management could not allow them to leave at 3:00 am,” a witness said.
Students’ personal items among them clothes were burnt in the process, making the well-performing school the latest to have been enlisted in the growing unrest across the country.
In the last 24 hours the following schools have also been set ablaze,they include Mwala Girls High in Machakos County, Cheplaskei High in Uasin Gishu, Nambale Boys High School in Busia, and St. Mary’s Riabore Primary in Nyamira County.
In a circular issued last week, education principal secretary Julius Jwan revealed that students will go for their half-term break from November 19 and will resume learning on November 23, a development that contradicted the initial government’s calendar that had excluded the mid-term break as students were to break for Christmas holidays on December 23.