A Form 2 student who was captured on CCTV torching a dormitory at Friends School Namwela Boys High has been arrested.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says that detectives in Bungoma West caught the 18-year-old on Sunday and took him to custody.
The retrieved footage recorded the student sprinkling what is speculated to be petrol at a section of the dormitory on Saturday night.
He is then seen falling a lighter before fleeing the dormitory through a window.
The 8.pm flame which spread quickly destroyed everything inside the dormitory. No injury cases were reported.
In January, over 10 learning institutions had their dormitories burnt in a disturbing course of what is assumed to be arson.
Schools that have reported fire incidents in January 2021:
- Bungoma High School
- Kituro High School
- Chesamisi High School
- Kimulot Boys High School
- Kimilili Boys High School
- Ndivisi Boys High School
- Khasoko Boys Secondary School
- Bukembe Boys High School
- Mbakalo Boys High School
- Timboroa Boys Secondary School
Education CS George Magoha has warned students against practising criminal activities. The DCI also warned that any student found guilty will have the charges indicated on the Certificate of Good Conduct.
“In terms of fires and the indiscipline in schools, let us stop treating children like eggs, you’re supposed to allow your child to be prepared to go through life. So as teachers you must be very vigilant, and any person who feels that he/she is a child and is going to assault a teacher, we shall come to you like a tonne of bricks. And I would want all teachers to feel very free to continue to instill discipline,” said the CS.