Dormitory fire has been reported in two more schools, raising alarm as the arson incidents spread across the country.
The latest incidents were reported at:
- Maranda High School in Siaya
- Mwala Girls School in Machakos
- Nyamira boys tech.
According to police, a dormitory housing 200 students at Maranda High School was burnt on Sunday night.
The incident was reported to police by the school principal Edwin Namachanja. Police have launched an investigation to establish its cause.
In Machakos, authorities said a dormitory at Mwala Girls Secondary went up in flames on Monday morning destroying property of unknown value.
The fire started when the students were in class for their morning studies.
Mwala sub county police commander Damaris Mutanu said no casualty was reported.
On Saturday, a similar incident was reported at Kakamega High School days, Nyamira boys tech. after another one at Buru Buru Girls school in Nairobi.
Important information for the Buruburu parents
- In a notice, the school’s administration told the students to report back on Monday and Tuesday next week in the company of their parents with Ksh. 1,500 to cater for the damages.
- “Form 3 and 4 to report on Monday 8th at 9:00 AM and Form 1 and 2 on Tuesday 9th at 9:00 AM,” the notice from the school read in part.
- Parents are also expected to clear their childrens’ fees before they can be allowed back into the institution.
- The school’s administration has similarly outlawed body sprays, sanitizers, spirits, jewelry, and beadworks of any kind on its grounds.
- Vehicles will also not be allowed into the school when the students report back.
Kakamega High School Principal Gerald Orina, said the fire was put out with the assistance of the fire brigade from the county government of Kakamega.
“The teachers on duty had already put the students in class and immediately after at 5.45 am, we saw some fire in the dormitories. We went to put out the fire in order to save some of the students’ properties,” he said.
Other schools which have experienced fires in the last few weeks are Chavakali Boys High School in Vihiga County and Kanjuri High School in Nyeri County
The government last week directed head teachers to release children both in primary and secondary school for half term on November 19-23 after schools complained that students needed a break from the tight academic calendar introduced after a long COVID-19 break.
Below is the circular for half term.