Maranda High And Mwala Girls Schools Torched
Dormitory fires have been reported in two more schools, raising concerns about the spread of arson across the country.
The most recent incidents occurred last night and this morning at Maranda High School in Siaya and Mwala Girls School in Machakos, respectively.
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According to police, a dormitory at Maranda High School housing 200 students was set on fire on Sunday night.
Edwin Namachanja, the school principal, reported the incident to the police. The police have launched an investigation to determine the cause.
Authorities in Machakos said a dormitory at Mwala Girls Secondary School caught fire on Monday morning, destroying property of unknown value.
When the students were in class for their morning studies, the fire started.
Damaris Mutanu, the sub-county police commander in Mwala, said no casualties had been reported.
A similar incident was reported at Kakamega High School on Saturday, just days after another at Nairobi’s Buru Buru Girls’ School.
According to Kakamega High School Principal Gerald Orina, the fire was extinguished with the assistance of the Kakamega County Government’s fire brigade.
“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 that have burned down in recent weeks include Chavakali Boys High School in Vihiga County and Kanjuri High School in Nyeri County.
After schools complained that students needed a break from the tight academic calendar introduced after a long COVID-19 break, the government last week directed headteachers to release children in both primary and secondary school for half term on November 19-23.
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