Secondary school heads to meet over arson cases

July 27, 2016 9:59 am
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The officials are expected to review their findings on the causes of fires that have affected over 100 schools and prompted the arrest of more than 200 students and teachers/FILE
The officials are expected to review their findings on the causes of fires that have affected over 100 schools and prompted the arrest of more than 200 students and teachers/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27 – Head teachers will Wednesday hold a crisis meeting with the Ministry of Education over the spate of school unrest even as they seek the closure of the institutions to address the matter.

The talks will involve the Kenya Secondary Schools Head teachers Association, the teachers service commission and ministry officials.

The officials are expected to review their findings on the causes of fires that have affected over 100 schools and prompted the arrest of more than 200 students and teachers.

A status report on the crisis prepared by secondary school heads named drug abuse by students, political interference, laws that are too lenient on minor offenders, parents abdicating their responsibility and anxiety over examinations among the causes of unrest in schools.

The meeting comes even as thirteen students charged with burning of dorms at the Lang’ata Boys High School are being held at the Kamiti juvenile remand home to allow police conclude investigations.

The headteachers meeting comes even as six more schools were burnt last night.

At St Stephen High School in Narok, two students were injured when a dormitory was burnt while another fire was reported at Kiini Girls High school in Kirinyaga and Gia-kaibei Secondary School in Nyeri.

Other schools affected included St Patrick’s High School in Iten, Merti Muslim Girls High School in Isiolo and Wi-thur Secondary School in Nyando.

The incidents have raised a lot of concern with a number of school heads emphasising the need for professional guidence and counseilling therapists to be empolyed to help the students

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