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Machakos Boys School Fire Destroys Two Dormitories

Machakos Boys School Fire Destroys Two Dormitories

A fire that damaged two Machakos Boys High School dormitories destroyed the property of undetermined value.

A fire destroyed two dormitories housing 107 and 170 students on Friday morning.

Principal Kahi Indimuli said that no one had been hurt and that the cause of the fire had not been identified.

He stated that the Machakos County Fire Department put out the fire.

The forensic police department has started an investigation, and the school’s principal has called an emergency board meeting to figure out what to do next.

Causes of School Fires in Kenya

Causes of School Fires in Kenya
Causes of School Fires in Kenya

Kenyan schools, especially secondary schools, have had many fires over the years, destroying millions of dollars in property.

School fires have increased since the 1980s. Schools, government, parents, and stakeholders are alarmed by this.

The real questions in these fires are: Kenyan schools burn—why? Who caused these fires?

Kenyan schools burn for the following reasons.

  1. Drug abuse

Drugged students start these fires. Drugs like bhang affect students’ thinking, and they can’t handle the pressure of school, exams, and learning, so they act out.

  1. Poor exam preparation
  2. Poor exam preparation

Poor exam preparation and exam phobia often cause fires a few weeks before exams. Students have protested MOCK exams because they are too hard. They set school fires to avoid these exams.

  1. Poor communication

The school administration has been criticized for ignoring student requests. One boys’ school burned down because the administration wouldn’t let them watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Food, school trips, uniforms, etc. have caused schools to burn.


Nyeri High School students locked and burned four prefects in a dormitory. They claimed harassment and mistreatment. Four students died because someone thought their punishment was unfair.

  1. Peer influence

Adolescents are easily influenced, and bad company ruins morals. Some do things just to be liked. Negative peer pressure has led students to burn their schools to show off to neighboring schools.

  1. Bad parenting

Some Kenyan parents neglect to guide their children, which causes school fires. Some students who want to burn their schools have been suspended from other schools for insubordination. Why are some students more disobedient? A child will do what they want without parental guidance.

  1. Teacher transfers

Students burn schools due to unexpected teacher transfers. Ortum High School in West Pokot County was burned by students after the headteacher was transferred unexpectedly.

  1. Political influence

Politicians interfere with school management, especially when government transfers teachers. Students have touched their school to support or oppose politicians.

  1. Social decadence

As social decadence has increased, society has developed crooked attitudes that don’t care about issues unless they directly affect them. Students buying gas from neighbors is an example. No one questions a student in uniform buying gas.

  1. Mismanaged schools

Poor school management affects accountability and direction. When a school of over 500 students has one teacher on weekends, students can do what they want without being caught.

  1. corporal punishment

Corporal punishment ensured that persistently disobedient students felt the consequences of their actions. Many students have gone overboard and killed others since this punishment was abolished.

  1. Overloaded curriculum and demoralized teachers

Kenyan schools demand a lot from students. Students can’t handle the stress of high expectations. However, overworked teachers cannot form close relationships with their students and cannot detect school tension.

Reducing Kenyan school fires

Kenyan secondary school stakeholders and students have proposed several ways to reduce fires. These measures are examined below.


All schools should have a counseling department ready to help students.

Teachers, parents, and students should listen to students and discuss school issues. Peer counseling ensures students can learn from peers.

Drug abuse education

Schools should address drug abuse. Drug abuse should always be taught to students.

Additionally, school administrators should investigate the source of these drugs and involve local police if necessary.

Preparing for exams

With proper planning, teachers and students can complete Kenya’s broad education curriculum on time. Exam preparation will be adequate.

Management training for school administrators

School administrators can learn the right management style with ongoing training.

Clear communication channels

Create ways for students to speak freely. Maintain schoolwide accountability. Students can vote for leaders who can voice their concerns to the school administration.

Responsible parents

Parents should be good parents. Engaging with their kids helps.

Avoid politicizing school management.

Avoid politicizing school management issues to avoid student anxiety.

School funding on time

The government subsidizes secondary education in Kenya, so funds should be transferred quickly to ensure the school has enough resources.

Machakos Boys School Fire Destroys Two Dormitories


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